Indianapolis: QMMF Racing Team rider Anthony West battled hard in the Moto2 Grand Prix of Indianapolis, but missed out on world championship points and crossed the line in 17th position.
The 32-year-old Australian had started from 23rd place on the grid und moved up to 17th place on the second lap, but couldn’t maintain his rhythm.
On lap 16, he mounted another attack and moved ahead in the group he was in to take 17th spot, but by that time, the front runners were too far gone to break into the point rankings.
After the race, West said: “My start was okay, but in the beginning I just was not able to do any decent lap times. I don’t know why, I just found it hard to really concentrate properly this weekend. I was a bit lost on the first laps and couldn’t do good lap times. As the race went on, I started to go faster, but the group was already gone and any chance of making some good points was already too far away.”
He added: “I was sort of stuck with the group I was with and I was able to fight with them and lead them to the end of the race. But all in all, it was a difficult weekend for me. The team is doing a great job and the bike is working pretty well, but I just need to concentrate more and try to be a bit more focused on my racing. I was using the new swingarm all weekend, but it’s difficult to predict how much of an advantage it will give us on other tracks, because Indianapolis is so strange with its different surfaces. We will continue to use the new swingarm at the next race in Brno and I hope it is an improvement there, too.”
Team-mate Rafid Topan Sucipto achieved his goal of a race finish, but was not as consistent as he had planned to be and lost his rhythm when the front runners of the race started to close in from behind. THE PENINSULA