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Anthony West Rides Through The Danger Zone To 12th In Argentina

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Despite a dangerous mechanical problem, QMMF Racing Team rider Anthony West rode to 12th position at the Grand Prix of Argentina and saved the day with the third top result in the third race of the season.

The 32-year-old Australian bolted from 20th place on the starting grid to eleventh position in the first lap and started to challenge his rivals for a Top Ten finish, when his engine suddenly lost power and oil.

West dropped back a few positions, but re-established contact to the group he had been fighting with despite a slippery right footpeg and despite a lack of traction due to oil dripping onto his rear tyre. He clawed his way back to 12th place on the penultimate lap and crossed the line just half a second behind German Marcel Schr̦tter in eleventh place and 21.5 seconds behind race winner Esteve Rabat.

‰ÛÏWe had a problem with the engine that started after the seventh lap." West explained. "After fighting with Kallio, I had opened up a gap to the group behind me and I already could see the group in front of me.

"I was catching up to Folger who rode in sixth position, when the engine started to slow down. Kallio caught me, we fought for a bit, then I started to realise that my bike was now really slow. I also lost traction and then, for no reason, my foot started slipping from the footpeg.

"I looked down and realized there was a lot of oil coming out of the engine. In the right-hand corners, I almost ran over my own foot a few times, because I slipped off so often and so suddenly. That lost me a lot of time in the middle of the race. There was so much oil coming out all over my boot and onto the rear wheel that riding was really dangerous and I was very lucky to stay on the bike and to finish the race." West continued.

"When I finally managed to find a better position with my right foot and to adjust my riding style, I could catch one more rider in the end, Jonas Folger. But by the time I realized that I could somehow ride around the problem, it was too late to catch the whole group in front of me and I had to settle for 12th!‰Û

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