Anthony West Races To Maiden Moto2 Race Win At Assen


Australia's Anthony West racing for the QMMF Racing Team Speed Up In Moto2 won the Assen race in conditions similar to or even worse than those seen in the premier class saw several different riders lead the race, only to slip off on a wet but drying surface.

This left victory to the oldest and most experienced rider in the class, thirty-two-year-old West leading the pursuit, and watched from a safe distance as early leaders Sam Lowes (Speed Up Speed Up) and Simone Corsi (NGM Forward Racing Kalex) paid the price of challenging the treacherous surface.

West‰Ûªs only other GP victory also came at Assen in wet conditions ‰ÛÒ in the 250cc class, eleven years ago.

He had to fight to the end to hold two challengers at bay, with Maverick Vinales (Paginas Amarillas HP 40 Kalex) and Mika Kallio (Marc VDS Racing Team Kalex) both crossing the line within eight tenths of the leader.

‰ÛÏThere was a lot of confusion on the grid ‰ÛÒ I wanted to change to slick tyres, but I‰Ûªm really glad I didn‰Ûªt." West admitted. "I got a good start, and after that I just kept pushing and tried to keep it clean.

"I was held up lapping another rider, but it worked out okay in the end. It‰Ûªs great to win again after such a long time: I had a lot of things I wanted to prove for myself more than for anyone else.

"The last few years have been stressful ‰Û_ I‰Ûªm happy to be back."

West's win lifted up to 8th in the Moto2 championship standings.

Second Paginas Amarillas HP 40 Kalex rider Luis Salom had been in this battle, but slipped off and remounted to claim a single point in 15th, two places behind the remounted Corsi.

French rider Johann Zarco (AirAsia Caterham Caterham-Suter) was fourth, Alex de Angelis (Tasca Racing Moto2 Suter) fifth, and Thomas Luthi (Interwetten Paddock Moto2 Suter) sixth, separated by over seven seconds, with Julian Simon (Italtrans Racing Team Kalex) close behind in seventh.

Points leader Tito Rabat (Marc VDS Racing Team Kalex) had started from pole, but had a difficult race after falling on the sighting lap and only able to make the start because it was delayed by the weather. He finished eighth after triumphing over Lorenzo Baldassarri (Gresini Moto2 Suter). Hafizh Syahrin (Petronas Raceline Malaysia Kalex) completed the top ten.

Rabat‰Ûªs championship lead over Kallio shrank to 26 points, with Vinales another 22 behind.
Anthony West stands proudly at the top of the podium - Credit: Honda Racong
Moto2 Round 8 Results:
1 Anthony West 46m02.089s AUS SPEED UP QMMF Racing Team
2 Maverick Vinales 0.318 ESP KALEX Pons HP 40
3 Mika Kallio 0.743 FIN KALEX Marc VDS Racing Team
4 Johann Zarco 7.300 FRA CATERHAM SUTER AirAsia Caterham
5 Alex De Angelis 11.253 SMR SUTER Tasca Racing Moto2
6 Thomas Luthi 14.932 SWI SUTER Interwetten Paddock Moto2
7 Julian Simon 17.658 SPA KALEX Italtrans Racing Team
8 Esteve Rabat 20.177 ESP KALEX Marc VDS Racing Team
9 Lorenzo Baldassarri 25.260 ITA SUTER Gresini Moto2
10 Hafizh Syahrin 50.761 MAL KALEX Petronas Raceline Malaysia
11 Gino Rea 51.526 GBR SUTER AGT REA Racing
12 Marcel Schrotter 51.692 GER TECH 3 Tech 3
13 Simone Corsi 57.108 ITA FORWARD KLX NGM Forward Racing
14 Takaaki Nakagima 1'06.613 JPN KALEX Idemitsu Honda Team Asia
15 Luis Salom 1'15.500 ESP KALEX Pons HP 40
16 Ricard Cardus 1'17.239 ESP TECH 3 Tech 3
17 Mattia Pasini 1'17.528 ITA FORWARD KLX NGM Forward Racing
18 Josh Herrin 1'42.178 USA CATERHAM SUTER AirAsia Caterham
19 Roman Ramos 1'48.124 ESP SPEED UP QMMF Racing Team
20 Tetsuta Nagashima 1 Lap JPN TSR Teluru Team JiR Webike
21 Dominique Aegerter 1 Lap SWI SUTER Technomag CarXpert
22 Nicolas Terol 1 Lap ESP SUTER Mapfre Aspar Team Moto2
23 Jonas Folger 2 Laps GER KALEX Argi̱ano & Gines Racing
24 Franco Morbidelli 2 Laps ITA KALEX Italtrans Racing Team
25 Xavier Simeon 2 Laps GER SUTER Federal Oil Gresini Moto2
26 Jordi Torres 2 Laps ESP SUTER Mapfre Aspar Team Moto2
27 Robin Mulhauser 2 Laps SWI SUTER Technomag CarXpert
28 Louis Rossi 3 Laps FRA KALEX SAG team
29 Thitipong Warokorn 4 Laps THA KALEX APH PTT The Pizza SAG
30 Sandro Cortese DNF GER KALEX Dynavolt Intact GP
31 Randy Krummenacher DNF SWI SUTER IodaRacing Project
32 Sam Lowes DNF GBR SPEED UP Speed Up
33 Axel Pons DNF SPA KALEX Argi̱ano & Gines Racing
34 Azlan Shah DNF MAL KALEX Idemitsu Honda Team Asia

Moto2 Championship Standings
1 Esteve Rabat 157 pts
2 Mika Kallio 131 pts
3 Maverick Vinales 109 pts
4 Dominique Aegerter 71 pts
5 Simone Corsi 69 pts
6 Thomas Luthi 61 pts
7 Luis Salom 60 pts
8 Anthony West 58 pts
9 Jonas Folger 47 pts
10 Johann Zarco 46 pts
11 Sam Lowes 33 pts
12 Sandro Cortese 32 pts
13 Marcel Schrotter 32 pts
14 Xavier Simeon 31 pts
15 Alex De Angelis 29 pts
16 Jordi Torres 23 pts
17 Ricard Cardus 22 pts
18 Julian Simon 15 pts
19 Franco Morbidelli 15 pts
20 Mattia Pasini 14 pts

Top Image: Ant West won his first GP race since 2003

Credit: Honda Racing

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