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WSBK Sepang, Malaysia: West acts as cover for injured Barrier in Malaysia

Anthony West has been selected as replacement rider for the injured Sylvain Barrier at Pedercini Racing for round six of the World Superbike championship at Sepang.
Anthony West has been selected as replacement rider for the injured Sylvain Barrier at Pedercini Racing for the Malaysian round of the World Superbike championship.

Barrier is still out of action due to his heavy crash in race two at Aragon and the Pedercini squad has been forced to find a second replacement after initial substitute rider Lucas Mahias suffered three vertebrae fractures in a crash in FP1 at Imola two weeks ago.

West, who is without a full-time ride for 2016, began the year with a wildcard entry in World Supersport and claimed an impressive third place at Phillip Island. The Australian had hoped to make a second appearance in the series at Assen last month but was declared unfit to race after an off.

The former 250cc, Moto2 and World Supersport race winner is set to make his World Superbike debut this weekend at Sepang with the added challenge of getting to grips with the Kawasaki ZX-10R. West has competed for Kawasaki in MotoGP in 2007 and 2008, claiming a career-best result of fifth place in the premier class at Bruno in 2008.


Tagged as: Kawasaki , Assen , Imola , Phillip Island , West , Sepang

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Sparky62

May 09, 2016 6:55 PM

He came 2nd in a round of the Australian Road Racing Championship a few weeks ago on a track he has never raced on and on a bike he had never rode before. I think he will learn the ZZX-10 pretty quickly.

RDix

May 10, 2016 10:30 AM

West has suffered a bit of John Hopkins syndrome. Loads of talent but poor career choices. Kawasaki proved to be the downfall of both Hopper and Westy. Hopefully West can get with a good WSBK or Supersport team because he'd do wonders for a middle of the road team. If I won the lottery tomorrow I'd start a WSBK team with Hopper and Westy.



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