WSBK »

WSS: West continues Supersport transition.

Stiggy Racing's new World Supersport pairing Anthony West and Gianluca Vizziello have begun their 2009 preparations with their first pre-season test at Almeria.

Many eyes are on West, who makes a substantial step from the Kawasaki MotoGP team to Johan Stigefelt's Supersport outfit in 2009, although the test was also a chance for Vizziello to familiarise himself with his surroundings.

Battling chilly conditions around the Spanish circuit, West was nonetheless pleased with the progress made over the two days, reporting that he is feeling increasingly 'at home' with the Honda bike.

“I'm pleased because I have been able to put down many laps over these two days and I got more and more comfortable with the track and the bike. Today was a bit colder then yesterday, which made it a bit more difficult, but I still had a good day finding myself more "at home" on the bike. I'm looking forward to next weekend and doing more testing.”

Vizziello, who raced for Berry Racing and Benjan Honda in 2008, was also satisfied with his efforts, despite spending some of the time learning the track.

“It has been a good test for us. I have never ridden here at Almeria before so, on the first day, I kind of focused on learning the track as well as my riding position. Once I got comfortable, we tried some new bike settings and adjustments. Now I'm definitely more ready and comfortable for Portimao next weekend and the first official test!”

With Siggy Honda providing close competition to the factory Ten Kate team in 2008, Stigefelt is hopeful the combination of West and Vizziello will keep them at the forefront of the title fight.

“We completed a two day test with both riders and I have to say it is looking very promising. Both the riders and the team have put in a big effort and have been working really hard these past days.

“Anthony managed to get more confident on the second day, which was very important for everyone, and he really proved his determination . Gianluca worked hard and managed to put down many laps and so now we can only improve and that's our aim for the Portimao test next weekend.”


Related Pictures

Click on relevant pic to enlarge
West, Portuguese WSS Test 2008
Stefan Bradl Jerez
Team PTR Honda, WSS Race, Qatar WSBK 2016
Team PTR Honda, WSS Race, Qatar WSBK 2016
Sofuoglu and Kyle Smith, WSS Race, Qatar WSBK 2016
Kyle Smith, WSS Race, Qatar WSBK 2016
Okubo, WSS Race, Qatar WSBK 2016
Jacobsen, WSS Race, Qatar WSBK 2016
Hill, WSS Race, Qatar 2016
Okubo, WSS Race, Qatar WSBK 2016
Bergman, WSS Race, Qatar WSBK 2016
Krummenacher, WSS Race, Qatar WSBK 2016
Jacobsen, WSS Race, Qatar WSBK 2016
Kyle Smith, WSS Race, Qatar WSBK 2016
Hill, WSS Race, Qatar 2016
Okubo, WSS Race, Qatar WSBK 2016
Bergman, WSS Race, Qatar WSBK 2016
Khairuddin, WSS Race, Qatar WSBK 2016

Join the conversation - Add your comment

Please login or register before adding your comments.

Although the administrators and moderators of this website will attempt to keep all objectionable comments off these pages, it is impossible for us to review all messages. All messages express the views of the poster, and neither Crash Media Group nor Crash.Net will be held responsible for the content of any message. We do not vouch for or warrant the accuracy, completeness or usefulness of any message, and are not responsible for the contents of any message. If you find a message objectionable, please contact us and inform us of the problem or use the [report] function next to the offending post. Any message that does not conform with the policy of this service can be edited or removed with immediate effect.


Kathy Christesen - Unregistered

January 21, 2009 11:55 AM

Can''t wait to see the comparative times with other riders next week at Portimao. Hopefully westy will be right at the top end of the field. He should be realyy competitive and give Ten Kate some real competition.



© 1999 - 2016 Crash Media Group

The total or partial reproduction of text, photographs or illustrations is not permitted in any form.