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Anthony West Loses Speed Master CRT Seat

Friday, January 27, 2012
Anthony West has lost his ticket back to MotoGP. In a post on his Facebook page the Australian racer stated a lack of sponsorship funds has driven him out of the Grand Prix paddock. Having contested the 2011 Moto2 series for MZ, West was slated to return to the premier class in 2012 aboard an Aprilia-based CRT for the Speed Master team.
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.
Australian rider Anthony West has lost his ticket back to MotoGP, unable to round up sponsorship to secure his seat on the Speed Master CRT squad.

The post on West’s Facebook page states:

“I (ANTHONY WEST) will not race in moto gp this year or any other race because I can not find sponsorship to pay the SPEED MASTER team, Because all teams are asking for money from the riders only the rich can race in motogp / moto2 / moto3, I can not even afford to ride a year for free, As i have YET to be payed from my former team MZ Germany Moto2 team. I had my car mx bike and my house for sale trying to keep the ride and even gave the house as a guarantee if I did not find the money but was not enough. I will most likely not race anymore and will retune back to Australia to find a normal job. Sorry to my fans.”

The inability of riders to bring sponsorship funding has a number of 2012 campaigns in doubt. Colombian rider Yonny Hernandez reportedly faces similar issues and securing his Kawasaki/FTR CRT for BQR is in doubt. Italian rider Mattia Pasini found himself in the same boat at West and Hernandez, but has found a 2012 seat – the Speed Master CRT once reserved for West.

Italian media reports link Pasini to West’s Aprilia CRT mount. West confirms as much on his Facebook page. Responding to his fan’s comments on the Speed Master deal, Ant West explains that fast riders will not boycott the situation in protest because of fears they will lose their ride “because another will just come with the money and take it! Just like Mattia Pasini has done to me.”

UPDATE: On Saturday January 28th, the Speed Master team issued a press release confirming Pasini would compete on the team's CRT entry in the 2012 MotoGP season.

The MotoGP paddock will get back to action with winter tests at Sepang next week. 

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Piglet2010   January 29, 2012 12:04 AM
Sad that having connections to bring money is more important than talent.
Piglet2010   January 29, 2012 12:03 AM
With the back of the grid filled with CRT "rent-a-rides", lapping traffic will have an even greater effect on the outcome of the races between the 3 to 5 competitive riders each week.
Maxx   January 27, 2012 03:32 PM
It is always sad when racers lose their ride. But some of the guys rushed into GP for fame and fortune while if they would have stayed in AMA or WSB there is a pretty good chance they might be riding. my .02
hipi5   January 27, 2012 01:38 PM
very! sad ;/
bikerrandy   January 27, 2012 12:57 PM
This is why Eddie Lawson didn't go into sports car racing after retiring from MC pro road racing. Instead of being paid to race, he would have to spend his own $ to race. Just a sign of the economic times, or a permanent pro road racing situation?