WSS: West Delivers In Dramatic Brno Supersport Showdown
West takes second in Czech Republic
West came through the first lap in sixth from his seventh place on the grid and stayed put, unable to make a pass on his closest rivals. Changes opened up in the ultimate minutes of the 18-lap race as Cal Crutchlow handed over his lead following an engine failure and West subsequently moved into the fourth slot. With the Brno podium now firmly within reach, the Australian – who last took a podium finish six races ago – used the ultimate laps of the race to pass Fujiwara and Lascorz and securely parked his bike at the second spot of the podium.
Team mate Gianluca Vizziello struggled to shed the issues that plagued him through the qualifying sessions and finished the supersport race in 14th place.
Anthony West took his third supersport podium for his team this season and moves up to fifth place in the championship standings. Gianluca Vizziello sits in 16th place.
Anthony West – 2nd:
“I am really happy with my race today. I am very pleased that I have been able to reward the hard work the team has put in over the last couple of weeks. It is a great thing for the whole team to have a result like this and it will certainly lift the spirits. It was good to be up front again and brought the joy back in my riding. I am looking forward to our break now and want to come back stronger for the next couple of races. I want to do well and finish the year off with some good results.”
Gianluca Vizziello – 2’05.395s:
“I was hoping to do a lot better here, specially with the new parts we got for the bike. I had a bad start in the race which made it hard to stay with a faster group. The bike felt a lot faster all weekend, but I struggled to get to grips with the track here at Brno. I have put a lot of effort in without getting the results I had hoped for. I hope we can make some progress at the Nurburgring after our summer break.
Johan Stigefelt – Team Manager:
“It was a long time ago since we set such a good result with our supersport team. Anthony rode a fantastic race here. That is the way he should be riding and we waited a long time to see that again. It is good to be able to take the summer break now so we are all charged again for the next rounds. Vizziello rode a disappointing race here. We had some new parts for his machine and were hoping for some better results. Anthony’s success made up for the struggling and fighting the team has been going through. I am pleased that we can take such a good result back home today.”
Results Supersport Race:
2. Anthony West, Stiggy Racing Honda
14. Gianluca Vizziello, Stiggy Racing Honda