Anthony West victorious in India – 2016 Asian Supersport Championship

2016 Asian Road Racing Championships Supersport race in India
2016 Asian Road Racing Championships Supersport race in India

Anthony West ended his ARRC winning drought in spectacular style at the Buddh International Circuit over the weekend with pole position followed by two convincing wins. 

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Kicking off the race from pole position, West’s only real competitor in the 16-lap race was Yamaha Thailand Racing’s Decha Kraisart. The 2007 and 2010 SuperSports 600cc champion was the only one able to match West for pace.

Anthony West
Anthony West

By Lap 13, West was able to carve out a 1-­second gap ahead of the field and he rode unchallenged to his second ARRC victory. Decha crossed the line 3.199s behind to take second place. Meanwhile, BikeART Kawasaki Racing’s Azlan Shah Kamaruzaman rode a defensive race to complete his comeback in third place.

Anthony West
Anthony West

“Race 2 was a whole different race. It was a lot tougher because the other teams had obviously caught up with us and improved their setup. The race was also longer today but I’m glad I was able to sIll hang on in the front to win,” said West.

Anthony West on the grid with Broc Pearson, his fellow young Queenslander also tated victory in India
Anthony West on the grid with Broc Pearson, his fellow young Queenslander also tasted victory in India

West’s domination at the Buddh International Circuit has thrown a spoke into the wheels of the championship table.

Anthony West
Anthony West

As the FIM Asia Road Racing Championship heads to its finale at the Buriram InternaIonal Circuit this December, four riders are now in contention for the SuperSports 600cc Title.

Anthony West
Anthony West

Koyama leads the pack with 150 points while Zaqhwan Zaidi is only seven points behind in second place. Defending champion Yuki Takahashi is third with 128 points and Azlan Shah Kamaruzaman is fourth overall with 116 points. Indonesian rider Dimas Ekky Pratama and Anthony West, courtesy of his double win, are tied in fifth with 99 points apiece.

Anthony West
Anthony West
Asian Road Racing Championship 2016 Points Standings
  1. Tomoyoshi Koyama JPN 150
  2. Md Zaqhwan Zaidi MAS 143
  3. Yuki Takahashi JPN 128
  4. Azlan Shah Kamaruzaman MAS 116
  5. Dimas Ekky Pratama INA 99
  6. Anthony West AUS 99
  7. Gerry Salim INA 98
  8. Decha Kraisart THA 85
  9. Ahmad Yudhistira INA 85
  10. Taiga Hada JPN 68
  11. Noriyuki Haga JPN 50
  12. Anuche Nakcharoensri THA 48
  13. Yuki Ito JPN 43
  14. Thitipoing Warokorn THA 43
  15. Ratthapong Wilairot THA 39

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