West, Rider determined to fight back after shaky start

August 17, 2014 - 12:00:00 am
The QMMF team’s rider Anthony West in action during the Czech Republic MotoGP practice in Brno.

BRNO, Czech Republic: The QMMF Racing Team riders Anthony West and Roman Ramos arrived in the Czech Republic in high spirits and with the determination to follow up on their strong race results in Indianapolis one week ago.

But as it turned out, the fast and flowing 5.4-kilometre-circuit of Brno requires completely different set-up solutions than the Indy Speedway.

Both West and Ramos struggled with their bikes on the first practice day for the Czech Grand Prix and the fact that the second free practice session in the afternoon started on a damp track didn’t help their search for a more suitable set-up.

West ended the day in 21st and Ramos in 34th position, but both riders are confident to be able to turn their luck around after changes to suspension and geometry of their bikes.

“We didn’t have the best of days because the bike is really unbalanced. From the moment that I brake I’m fighting with the bike,” said West.

“The bike is not stable anywhere on the track and it’s vibrating and chattering a lot. As soon as I’m braking, the bike is sliding and coming out of control. It’s difficult just to get in the corner,” he added.

“The bike is constantly moving and trying to slide and to throw me around. We need to work on the settings to adapt the bike to the circuit that has become really bumpy. I’m sure we can improve tomorrow.”

Meanwhile, Ramos hoped for an improved performance.

“It was quite a difficult day for us. We didn’t get a good feeling from the bike. We left Indianapolis happy about our rhythm in the race and we started here with the same settings, but the behavior of the bike was completely different,” he said before eyeing reverse in fortune.

“We have to continue working in order to improve to be able to do a good qualifying. We arrived here in high spirits and I still hope we can carry this good momentum from Indianapolis through this weekend, climb a few positions and score another strong result!”