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West `disappointed` with run to 11th.

Anthony West admits he was disappointed at being unable to capitalise on his reputation as a wet weather specialist, despite climbing from last on the grid to finish in 11th place at Indianapolis.

Starting in 19th position, the Kawasaki rider made a strong start and was soon running inside the top ten as the track began to establish a dry line mid-way through the race.

However, West's charge up the leaderboard was halted by the return of Hurricane Ike to the area, prompting a storm that began to blow leaves and debris across the circuit and forcing the race directors to call a stop to the race seven laps from home.

By that point, West had actually dropped a spot to 11th position behind Alex de Angelis, but it still marked a solid mid-field performance in a race that otherwise saw no retirements.

"I'm actually really disappointed because I was sure we could have achieved a much better result in the wet today,” he said. “The track was cleared of standing water before the beginning of the race, and because I was so far back I had to really push hard to make up positions in the opening few laps.

“We got up to 10th place and I really felt we were capable of catching the riders ahead, but as the weather deteriorated so did the grip level left in my tyre, as I'd worked it so hard in the beginning, and we couldn't push any harder towards the end.

“From dead last on the grid eleventh isn't so bad, and given the weather we were up against, at least we were able to fight for what nearly was a top ten place."

Team-mate John Hopkins, meanwhile, finished a solid 14th having started 16th after using his experience to maintain a good rhythm in the changeable conditions.

“Warm-up this morning was dry and then the weather deteriorated not long before the race. We got a really good start, and we ran a fairly hard compound rear tyre as we thought a dry line might appear before the end of the race.

“This took a while to get up to temperature, so I rode quite steadily in the opening laps and unfortunately lost a few places. We got into a good rhythm and our lap times were good, but then the weather rapidly got worse. The rain we could deal with, but the wind was unbelievable, which made it hard to get the bike to change direction.

“There was a lot of debris all over the track and then the race was red-flagged. Overall 14th is certainly not where we wanted to finish, but in the dry we definitely made some improvements during qualifying and I hope we can put these to good use next time out in Japan."

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zaptrav - Unregistered

September 21, 2008 1:18 AM

ant is a great rider he showed it last year when he matched it with randy after coming in cold half way through the season he hasn't done much this year but either has hopper i am sure if he was given a decent bike he would be a top 5 rider and Toni won't rub anyone's nose in it as long as he's ass points to the ground he should have gone at the end of 06 but for that one result lucky he is spanish other wise he would not off been around today cheers zaptrav

Wiggysan The Dude

September 15, 2008 7:16 PM

Ant finished 11th because he is no good. Yes, before all the comments come out, yes I know and will always admit, he has more talent in his pinky toe then ~I do in my whole body, but he is not up to the grade of grade of MotoGP. There is about another 5 /6 riders who need to be brought down to WSS type wage slips then I bet they would improve their game. I hope Aspar can get Toni a decent 09 Kwacker and rub some nose''s in it.

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