Thread: Ant West
15th Feb 07, 00:06 #61
Good news ;)
from ant's website:-
i will be testing in spain (jerez) next week.. i am looking forward to this test because i will get to meet my new team for the 1st time and ride my new aprilia for the 1st time too! i will be taking this test easy to get to know the team and the bike.. also its good for them to get to know me aswell!
so look out every one im ready to ride!!
phew..I opened up all the windows..the air is cold, the tub is boiling hot..It's like Sweden, man. Sweden!
16th Feb 07, 02:36 #62
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hey hey, that is good news. knock em dead westy!
28th Feb 07, 01:00 #63
The West man has a new look website!
www.antwest14.com (check it out)
He also has new leathers and helmet providers (Spyke and Airoh).. There's pics of his new bike and team on the 'done up' site. Cant wait to see how he goes this week at the Qatar test..
Peace..I opened up all the windows..the air is cold, the tub is boiling hot..It's like Sweden, man. Sweden!
28th Feb 07, 07:17 #64
I don't think the site is finished yet. I checked it out but it is very limited at the moment. Once racing gets under way, I am sure he will have everything in order. Go WestySandra O is YUMMY
24th Mar 07, 02:40 #65
Last year at Jerez Ant qualifed 6th on that POS five year old Aprilia (or whatever it was.) This year, on supposedly 'relatively new and near factory machinery' he cant even penetrate the top 15 Am I missing something? Is it the new team? The increase in factory riders leaving him behind? The influx of talent? Someone help me out here, this is frustrating.. Hope he can improve today..I opened up all the windows..the air is cold, the tub is boiling hot..It's like Sweden, man. Sweden!
31st Mar 07, 13:42 #66
Ant is GO
Hey guys, Nup you aint missing anything. Dont forget all the other teams have had a heap of testing time whereas Ant has had 2 tenths of f*#( all. Check out his web for more detail. Guest book is up again and they are developing a forum site as we speak. Still only in German tho. Patience is the essence tho as his web manager works for 2 tenths of etc etc. She also is in PR with DORNA so time is limited.
You may have noticed at Jerez that Ant was closing on the second group mid race and almost got onto the back of them before tyres and set up issues saw him drift out. His qual times were not much better than last years team mate but check out the race times ???
Ant had some really postive comments to Bracksy in the pits after the race so stay tuned.
23rd Apr 07, 10:22 #67
Well what a weekend. Ant was pretty quick on a greasy free practice 1 in Turkey. A few issues in Qual 1 and Free 2 and finally qualified in 12th. A really good warm up on Sunday saw Ant 8th fastest. As for the race...up to 9th and then....BUGGER !!!!
I guess the bottom line is things are coming together.
23rd Apr 07, 12:20 #68
Yer i noticed that, devastated.. Ant just seems to get stuck in between the factories and the rest, quickest privateer but not quite as fast as the factory boys
just has to start bridging the gap to the really fast guys! Riding consistant laps and having his bike TUNED properly would help.. That way he wouldnt have to push to hard in the races..I opened up all the windows..the air is cold, the tub is boiling hot..It's like Sweden, man. Sweden!
10th May 07, 15:04 #69
"Broc Parkes will be partnered this weekend by 250GP rider Anthony West in the Yamaha World Supersport Racing Team, while another Australian, Kevin Curtain, continues his recuperation from injuries sustained at Valencia."
Interesting, Ant just deciding to get some riding in-between rounds to keep himself sharp? Or something more? Anyway, be good to see how he goes on a competetive ride..
Wish him well and touch wood everything goes smoothly, that teams riders have had a rough run of late..I opened up all the windows..the air is cold, the tub is boiling hot..It's like Sweden, man. Sweden!
10th May 07, 15:55 #70
He's had a wildcard ride in WSS before, hopefully this will be the one to convince him to move there full time.Get off my lawn
11th May 07, 00:50 #71
A bit more from the Ant Man about Monza:-
"I'm excited to be riding in Kevin's place this weekend though I wish him well. It will be good to ride a different bike in a different championship and at a track that I have never been to before. My GP season hasn't been great so far so this will be a good chance for me to have a really good race," he says. "Though I have ridden four-stroke bikes before, it's quite a while since I slung my leg over one. I would like to finish in the top five this weekend."
Be good to see how he goes on a factory machine, although learning the track and adjusting to the bike will be a big ask IMO.. Ah well, best of luck none the lessI opened up all the windows..the air is cold, the tub is boiling hot..It's like Sweden, man. Sweden!
11th May 07, 21:25 #72
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this really makes it worthwhile to watch the wss races (although i always do.) hope he does well.mmmmm, makes a nice sandwich. a nice sandwich.
12th May 07, 01:45 #73
Ant is 8th after first qualifying. I have every confidence that he will finish with a strong top 5 result this weekend. His last effort in WSS at Brands in 2004 was very impressive. Worked his way up to 6th before a red flag halted proceedings. On the restart he dropped back and finished around 8th I think. The Yamaha is a good competitive bike and now that this is his second opportunity with the same team (how much do they like Aussies!) I could see him riding for them next year.Get off my lawn
12th May 07, 08:16 #74I opened up all the windows..the air is cold, the tub is boiling hot..It's like Sweden, man. Sweden!
12th May 07, 08:22 #75
Some more from Ant:-
Anthony West (8th - 1'51.867 - Yamaha World Supersport Team)
"Having been riding a 250 two-stroke the bike felt really strange for the first few laps and I thought it was going to take longer to get used to it than it has. The R6 feels a lot easier to ride than the last time I rode a 600cc bike in 2004 (Honda.) It just shows how much these bikes have developed. The biggest things for me to get used are the weight and way it moves when cornering compared to a two-stroke. It is a lot more physical but I am finding my style pretty quickly. I am very happy with eighth considering it is a strange track and bike to me. I'm looking forward to tomorrow as I know I have more to give."
Positive and optimistic! Thats what we wanna hear!I opened up all the windows..the air is cold, the tub is boiling hot..It's like Sweden, man. Sweden!
12th May 07, 13:55 #76
West struggled a lot more today qualifying 14th. That will make it hard for him though he is a better racer than qualifier.Get off my lawn
13th May 07, 01:54 #77
Yer just couldnt up the pace with the really experienced fast supersport guys (who know the bike and the track).. I think his race pace will be pretty strong though, and yes hes always been a poor qualifier.. Still be interesting to see how fares..
Anthony West, who is standing in this weekend for the injured Kevin Curtain, had only his second day on the YZF-R6 and spent the morning session continuing to familiarise himself the bike's handling and weight characteristics. As the pace quickened throughout the day the 250 GP star found himself hampered by his non-standard leathers and was unable to improve upon his time from yesterday, eventually qualifying in 14th place.
Anthony West (14th - 1'51.867 - Yamaha World Supersport Team) "I have learnt a lot more about the bike today and I have a much better understanding of what needs to be done to set it up for me. We are very short on time though. The biggest things for me to get used to have been the weight of the bike and the way it handles when flicking from corner to corner. I'm not happy with fourteenth by any means. I want to be in the top five tomorrow and I need to get a good start tomorrow to have any chance of achieving that."I opened up all the windows..the air is cold, the tub is boiling hot..It's like Sweden, man. Sweden!
13th May 07, 13:37 #78
I think Ant's race this w.e @ Monza says ALOT about his talent and riding ability.. To be able to adapt to a COMPLETELY foreign bike, track and set of opponents and claim a podium is a phenomenal effort and surely shuts alot of his doubters up.. I think it shows what hes capable of given the right machinery... Hats off to the man, lets hope he can progress in his 250 season from here on in..I opened up all the windows..the air is cold, the tub is boiling hot..It's like Sweden, man. Sweden!
21st May 07, 07:52 #79
Jeez, Westy is an ungrateful git, isnt he? Not sure if you caught his comments after the race at LeMans, but why would anyone want to invest more into that team, what a tosser.....
21st May 07, 08:43 #80
Ant has been abused and used by every manufacturer hes ever worked for. He rode the wheels of a POS bike in 2003 and scored several dry podiums, a race win and finished fifth or sixth in the championship, what do Aprilia give him in 04? The same POS bike after 'promising' a factory ride.
Ant risks his life for another year in 04 (check out his crash at P.I that year) to finally get his 'big break' in 05, my ARSE! KTM waste his year then pull the bike out of the season early and give West the arse.. He goes back to square one in 06, rides his arse off as the best privateer AGAIN then gets 'promised' a 'near factory' ride for 07, look what he's stuck with..
While i dont condone his interview at all, i do understand where his frustration comes from.. I think hes experienced what a high quality and professional factory WSS team is like aand has realised how badly hes been getting screwed over the last few years. He just needs to get out of the GP paddock at the end of this year and give WSS/WSBK a go and get his attitude back in order by running at the front where he belongs.I opened up all the windows..the air is cold, the tub is boiling hot..It's like Sweden, man. Sweden!