Anthony West will line up on the grid for the season opener of the 2016 World Supersport championship at Phillip Island with X50Green Tea Yamaha.

The Australian has signed a deal with sponsor X50Green Tea to race at round one but is still to confirm his full season plans, as he seeks a full-time ride in the World Superbike championship.

"I believe I can still win races and so does my sponsor, which has given me its support to take part in this race," West said. "The rider, the equipment and the sponsor are all Australian.

"My only objective is to get there and win the race. I would like to think I could do the full season but, with no real support from a factory or any other sponsors other than X50Green Tea, it looks limited to Australia for now. I'm looking for a full-time ride for 2016, but so far I don't have one."

"I think it's a great championship and I'd like to have the opportunity to race in the World Superbike category, I'm better on a 1,000cc machine than I am on a 600."

The 34-year-old ended 2015 in MotoGP filling in for the injured Karel Abraham at AB Motoracing having spent the past six years in the Moto2 world championship.

West last competed in the World Supersport championship in 2009 with Stiggy Racing Honda going on to finish seventh in the riders' standings having taken three rostrum results at Australia, Spain and the Czech Republic respectively. The Australian is also a former race winner in WSS after taking back-to-back victories at Silverstone and Misano in 2007 with the factory Yamaha squad.

 

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