Anthony West and MZ given Moto2 lifeline

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Former factory Kawasaki MotoGP rider Anthony West will contest the inaugural Moto2 world championship in 2010.

The Aussie has been given clearance to ride in the 250cc two-stroke replacement class just three weeks prior to the first race in Qatar after his MZ squad was finally given an entry.

MZ had been a long-time reserve but the withdrawal of the Kino Racing squad due to cash flow issues has paved the way for West to be back in the Grand Prix paddock.

The World Supersport race winner has taken part in Moto2 testing for the MZ squad, which is headed by Martin Wimmer and former 250GP world championship contender Ralf Waldmann.

West brings vast experience to the team having ridden Honda, KTM and Aprilia 250 bikes while he’s also raced a Yamaha R6 and Honda CBR600RR in World Supersport. Last season he rode for the Stiggy Honda squad in World Supersport.

Matthew Birt

By Matthew Birt