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post #1 of 24 (permalink) Old 06-20-2007, 04:50 PM Thread Starter
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Thumbs up Ant West to MotoGP

Anyone who has downloaded any recent Supersport action will know who Anthony West is. He has some serious talent, and could be another twist in the 2007 MotoGP saga. Might be worth a few dollars for a podium at the British, especially if/when it's wet... Go Westy!!

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Australian Anthony West has announced his switch to MotoGP after Yamaha allowed him to buy out his contract to race for them in the world Supersport series.

The 250cc grand prix race winner tested for Kawasaki in Barcelona last week and has been tipped to replace injured Frenchman Olivier Jacque for the remainder of the MotoGP season.

Confirmation was expected at the British Grand Prix at Donington Park on Thursday, before the first practice session on Friday.

"I feel I've got my career back on track," West, 25, said in a Yamaha statement, without naming his new employers.

"To leave Yamaha now is sad but it's such a great chance for me to follow my dream to go to MotoGP.

"The financial compensation I've got to pay is severe but I've got the chance to show what I can do on a MotoGP bike and I hope it's worth it."

West last competed in the top category in 2001, when he rode a privately-entered 500cc Honda.
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Stoner 1st, Vermeulen 2nd and West 3rd...

My, oh, my wouldn't THAT be an awesome podium to see?!!

Go you good things!




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Stoner 1st, Vermeulen 2nd and West 3rd...

My, oh, my wouldn't THAT be an awesome podium to see?!!

Go you good things!
First the R1 cops being nice to sport bike riders now an all Oz podium. WTF are you smokin down there ( and can i get some ) It'll snow in Singapore before that happens

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First the R1 cops being nice to sport bike riders now an all Oz podium. WTF are you smokin down there ( and can i get some ) It'll snow in Singapore before that happens
We've had two of 'em up there, so...


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It's no secret BP, these guys all come up through the state/national dirt track scene.

Including Stoner, West, Vermeulen, Parkes, Doohan, Beattie, Gobert and plenty more. They all won dirt and long track titles, then moved over to production road racing and away they went

Westy in the rain is something else - bring on a wet Donington

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As the only one to predict Haybails world championship last year ( not to mention a host of predictions prior) i think i can trust my instincts on this one.

Get the fakin el outta here. No way Jose ( pronounced hozay - for Ledgend)
It would be a miracle. So whats the bet girls ...I'll give you odds.

I could do with some retirement suppliment so dig deep girls!!!

You should have plenty of wonga now booze n porn is getting banned in Oz

West in the wet is a sight indeed. Not quite as mad a Quinto WTF i'm about to chuck it up the road Le Man gravel chewing frog, but close

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Did you also predict he'd go from first to last this year??

Wishful thinking to get an all-Aussie podium, sure, but what a nice dream...

Thankfully, the Fed's only have power over the territories and not the states. Poor bastards...




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And out come the armchair supporters now Stoner is a chance I hope it pisses down and we'll see how many will stand in the wind and rain all day!!!
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The success of Australian riders Casey Stoner and Chris Vermeulen has driven ticket sales for this year's Australian Motorcycle Grand Prix to record levels.

And grand prix organisers say if the trend continues facilities at the Phillip Island circuit will have to be expanded.

General admission sales have rocketed by 500 per cent over the same time last year, according to race organisers.

And advance sales of grandstand tickets for the race in October are up by 200 per cent.

Stoner has re-ignited Australian interest in the MotoGP championship which had faded with the retirement of five-time world champion Mick Doohan in 2000.

The 21-year-old from the Hunter Valley has become the premier motorcycle racing series pacesetter after a sparkling start to the season on his super-fast Ducati.

He will take a 14-point lead over Italian superstar Valentino Rossi into this weekend's British GP at Donington.

They will now be joined for the remainder of the season by a third Australian, Queenslander Anthony West who has won a deal to ride for Kawasaki from this weekend.

Corporate sales for the Phillip Island race are also booming with twice as many VIP hospitality tickets sold as at the same time last year.

Australian Grand Prix Corporation boss Drew Ward said the performance of Stoner and Vermeulen had set the scene for an "electrifying build-up" to this year's Phillip Island showdown.

"To have two Australian riders winning races at the elite level on a global stage is great news for Aussie MotoGP fans," Ward said.

"This is shaping up as the dawning of another golden era and we don't want anyone to miss out on what is set to be an amazing battle at the Island.

"If demand continues at current levels we'll be on track for a record year and plans are in place to expand our facilities should the need arise."

Stoner and Vermeulen will line up against the world's best at the island circuit from October 12-14.

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Did you also predict he'd go from first to last this year??

Yes !

Yes ...i think you'll find old BP said he'd struggle on the 800

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GD good news for the island then.

Problem is it's like the what Schumacer did for F1 in Germany. All the quasi patriots come out from under their stones to support the local talent. Doesn;t matter if its bikes, fishing or a bleedin egg n spoon race.
Great for the event organisers and of course the local talent they've come to see but shite for the true long term lovers of the sport.

I think it's time to predict the Philip Isl podium

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