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Anthony West Hampered By Gear Box Issues At Moto2 Season Opener

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On the spectacular, flood-lit Losail circuit, Anthony West looked as though he was set for a strong result aboard his QMMF Racing machine in the Moto2 race when he battled with Tom Luthi, the eventual third, in the opening stages of the race.

However 33-year-old Australian ran into gearbox problems that made him lose time on every lap. Trying to keep the pace with the front-runners anyway, he finally pushed the front too hard and crashed.

On the brighter side, West was also happy with the overall performance of his bike this weekend.

‰ÛÏI tried to ride too hard, then I overdid it on the front and crashed." West admitted. "But the biggest problem was the gearbox.

"On the first lap, I was in a good position. Come second lap, I was behind Luthi and felt comfortable there, but then the problems with the gearbox started. On every lap at the end of the main straight, when I was in sixth, it would automatically go back to fifth. And at other times, I would shift to third and it would go back to second. Or in the long corners, it would jump from fourth to third.

"It happened every lap and I lost time, so I pushed harder until I ran into problems with the front.

"It‰Ûªs unfortunate, because I could have stayed with Luthi and his group until the end of the race!‰Û

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