Anthony West Loses Second Ride?

February 10, 2012
Bart Madson
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Anthony West was slated to move up from his Moto2 MZ gig to an Aprilia-powered CRT in MotoGP. But a lack of sponsorship has the Australian out of his promised Speed Master CRT seat  and for now out of GP racing entirely.
Did Anthony West lose his second ride for 2012?

It’s been an up and down off-season for Australian road racer Anthony West. The former MotoGP competitor and, most recently, Moto2 racer appears to have lost his second ride of 2012. West’s Twitter feed (@antwest13) posted the short message on February 10th: “Just lost my 2nd ride for the year.”

West had been linked to a seat in British Superbike. However, Noriyuki Haga was offered the posiiton instead as he replaces the injured Ian Hutchinson for Swan Yamaha (Hutchinson having re-broken his leg in the off-season – the same leg that the English rider broke, and nearly lost, after a nasty BSB crash in 2010. Hutchinson had made history earlier that year with an unprecedented five-TT winning performance at the 2010 Isle of Man TT).

If West’s position on the Swan Yamaha has been filled by another rider, it will be similar to the misfortune that befell West in MotoGP. The former Kawasaki MotoGP rider was slated to return to the premier class aboard the Aprilia-based Speed Master CRT. However, West was unable to secure enough sponsorship funding and his seat was taken by Italian Mattia Pasini.

After hinting at possible retirement following the Speed Master incident, on February 1 West’s official Facebook page announced his pursuit of offers in several national Superbike racing series: “To keep people up to date,, I have had some offers to ride BSB ,,,AMA,,,,IDM,,,,and endurance racing, of course I want to be in GP but all rides are taken and same in WSBK. Im just looking for the best way to go, and a team that can win!!! And I will start now to try raise the money to come back into GP or WSBK for 2013”

A week later West’s Twitter account hinted that BSB was his likely landing spot for 2012. posting: “After talking with some teams in UK I’m really impressed with the standard & commitment they put into racing.BSB could be the place for me!”