West also made a cameo appearance with Crankt Protein Honda in ASBK, where the 34-year-old acquitted himself very well, scoring podium finishes and impressing Team Honda boss Paul Free with the way he worked. West had never ridden the ASBK specification Fireblade before that weekend at Wakefield, but adapted quickly and surprised many with his immediate speed.
In his long career West has ridden 125 Grand Prix, 25o Grand Prix, 500cc Grand Prix, MotoGP, World Supersport, World Endurance and this weekend will make his first appearance racing a World Superbike.
West has been drafted in to Team Pedercini to stand in for injured Frenchman Sylvain Barrier, who is still recovering from injuries he sustained at Aragon. Previous replacement rider Lucas Mahias will not be able to race at Sepang after crashing at Imola and fracturing three vertebrae.
With appearances in what will amount of eight different top World Championship road racing categories West would most likely go down as the most widely experienced motorcycle road racer of the modern era.
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