Anthony West impresses on Phillip Island
MARYBOROUGH-born motorcyclist Anthony West delivered in his return to Phillip Island.
The 34-year-old superbike rider was a wildcard entry to yesterday's Supersport World Championship round at the Melbourne track, and impressed on the X50 Green Tea Yamaha in the practice rounds.
"I didn't expect to even get close to where we were. The whole week had started out as a complete disaster and going into yesterday we were still trying to find our way," West told media after the race.
"We threw the team together last minute and we met each other for the first time on Monday.
"They have done great with what we've had to work with and we can't expect more than that with this bike and what we have to go up against.
"It's a big achievement for the guys, I think we have achieved what we were trying to do here.
"I'm looking for a ride for the rest of the year and its just another way to show that I'm still here and I'm still on a fight to win races. I'd like to go to the next World Supersport race if I can."
West started 13th but zipped through the field to be sixth at the end of the first lap.
He maintained his speed from there and remained in the top three for the rest of the 18-lap race.
His bike struggled to match his competitors' speed on the straights but West's superior navigation of the 4.445km course ensured he was among the leaders.
Swiss rider Randy Krummenacher took the lead in the 16th lap and held on for victory, as Italian Federico Caricasulo finished 2.747 seconds behind.
West was 0.014 seconds further back in third, and was the best-performing Australian in the Supersport series-opener.