Provisionally suspended West lands Superbike Brazil seat

Queenslander signs with Kawasaki Racing Team Brazil.

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Anthony West has signed with Kawasaki Racing Team for the 2019 Superbike Brazil Championship, ensuring he remains competitive after being provisionally suspended last year.

The FIM provisionally suspended West following the receipt of a report from a urine sample taken at the Misano stop of the World Supersport Championship (WorldSSP) in 2018, indicating an alleged adverse analytical finding of a non-specified substance under Section 6 (stimulants) of the FIM Prohibited List.

West later had his request denied in lifting the provisional anti-doping suspension, barring him from competing in FIM sanctioned events, however the Queenslander denies the allegations and has been vigorously defending himself since.

“Great news, I’m unstoppable,” West said in a social media statement. “I just signed with Kawasaki Racing Team to race all 10 rounds of the Brazil SBK championship for 2019 – I’ll be racing the new Ninja ZX-10R. Thanks to Arai helmets and Fusports boots for sticking with me everywhere I go.

“And thanks to all fans who support me every step of the way. I figured after seeing how fast Alex Barros is at 48 and Troy Bayliss at 49 and still carving up younger riders, that gives me hope I still have more then 10 years left in the sport. You’re not getting rid of me that easy.”

The Superbike Brazil Championship, a non-FIM sanctioned series, is one of the few championships in the world that allows West to compete. The opening round commences on 24 March at Autodrome of Interlagos.


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