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WSS: West unhappy 13th.

Former MotoGP rider Anthony West finished the official Portimao test an unhappy 18th overall for his new Stiggy Honda team, but believes he knows which direction to take to find a comfortable bike set-up.

West confirmed that he had lost none of his wet weather magic by being fastest in the soaking Sunday morning session, but his dry pace was of a greater concern.

“We made some progress with the bike today, but I'm still not 100% comfortable with it,” said the Australian, who was two seconds from the top. “Towards the end of the session, we made the bike significantly more stiff and that difference meant I could improve a bit on the bike. I like the bike more hard, as that's more similar to what I have been used to in the past.

“My lap times and position is certainly not something I'm happy about, but the most important thing for me now is to get more comfortable and learn to ride the bike. We now know in which direction we have to go, so we'll just work on that in our next test,” added the former WSS and 250GP race winner.

West's team-mate Gianluca Vizziello did not ride on Sunday due to an elbow injury sustained in the closing minutes of Saturday's session. Nevertheless, Vizziello held 13th overall at the end of testing, with a best lap time 1.4sec behind Joan Lascorz.

“Together with my team, I made the decision not to risk riding in the wet conditions this morning,” he explained. “In the afternoon we chose not to go out as I felt that my injured elbow was too painful and I wouldn't have been able to give 100% on the bike. My elbow is pretty swollen at the moment, so I will go home, see my doctor and hopefully recover fast.”


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