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April 15th, 2008, 10:58 AM   #1
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Westy is badly underperforming. How patient will Kawasaki management be before they start to apply some pressure? Will his contract keep him in place all year, or will we see an early exit? Does anyone out there expect him to improve to a respectable standard?
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<div class='quotetop'>QUOTE (Tom @ Apr 15 2008, 06:58 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}><div class='quotemain'>Westy is badly underperforming. How patient will Kawasaki management be before they start to apply some pressure? Will his contract keep him in place all year, or will we see an early exit? Does anyone out there expect him to improve to a respectable standard?
westy aint the only one under performing. i think a few seats may become available if some don't start pushing themselves a bit more.
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does anyone have that pic with Westy and hopper sitting on the bikes facing eachother.

Westy be looking a little chunky (bad Westy, no donut!)
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<div class='quotetop'>QUOTE (Tom @ Apr 16 2008, 03:58 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}><div class='quotemain'>Westy is badly underperforming. How patient will Kawasaki management be before they start to apply some pressure? Will his contract keep him in place all year, or will we see an early exit? Does anyone out there expect him to improve to a respectable standard?
I have no doubt Westy can ride a motorcycle,but i have to say he's doing it tough this season.
if the bike doesn't handle you cant ride it , of course its up to him and his team to sort it out.
Hopper's not doing too bad on the same machine, i hope he can get it sorted before the axe falls.
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Not sure really - if Hopper keeps going well, then maybe they'll keep West for the rest of the season. It depends what they paid him and what expectations they have I suppose.
Maybe West can turn it around and prove us all wrong, but he seems to be in the same place as Melandri - all at sea with no idea of how to improve on the bike. I suppose he's not dropping it all the time unlike De Puniet - so there's something to be happy about. Not much, but a little.
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April 16th, 2008, 02:12 AM   #6
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<div class='quotetop'>QUOTE (Son of Doohan @ Apr 15 2008, 11:33 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}><div class='quotemain'>Not sure really - if Hopper keeps going well, then maybe they'll keep West for the rest of the season. It depends what they paid him and what expectations they have I suppose.
Maybe West can turn it around and prove us all wrong, but he seems to be in the same place as Melandri - all at sea with no idea of how to improve on the bike. I suppose he's not dropping it all the time unlike De Puniet - so there's something to be happy about. Not much, but a little.

Yea, thing with Marco is that he is a proven race winner and championship contender and i think that will earn him a little more patience from the Bosses. Furthermore his underperformance is being compared to the current world champion who himself is struggling, West is over a second a lap slower than someone relatively un-acomplished.

I'd be surprised to see West get another job in motogp if he can't hold his own in this one.
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Westy needs to improve significantly and very quickly ... you don't need to be a rocket scientist to read between these lines;

Michael Bartholemy: Kawasaki Competition Manager
"... I had hoped for a better result from Anthony. Normally he's able to turn it on in the race and improve on both his practice and qualifying performance, but it just didn't happen for him today. We need to find the root cause of his problems, and then come up with a solution, because the current situation isn't good for him and it isn't good for Kawasaki."

He is a very capable rider who needs to get his head together and improve his fitness (at least he seems to be doing something about this). I think he can/will improve but whether Kawasaki give him enough time to do so is another story!

BTW, I hope "Antfan" isn't ill. Haven't seen him around here for quite some time now! [img]style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/tongue.gif[/img]
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<div class='quotetop'>QUOTE (projekZERO @ Apr 16 2008, 04:47 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}><div class='quotemain'>does anyone have that pic with Westy and hopper sitting on the bikes facing eachother.

Westy be looking a little chunky (bad Westy, no donut!)
Kawasaki pay West in donuts [img]style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/smile.gif[/img] West could turn it around, but I'd say 8th-10 is about the max he could achieve at his best on a dry track. The field is too damn strong and Kawasaki dont have a contender in West. Bartholemy is great, he doesn't mince his words, whenever Mamola speaks to him you can hear his disgust for poor results.

Westy is made for Supersport and probably Superbike racing. Just the way it is.
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April 16th, 2008, 04:57 AM   #9
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I believe that West is a good rider, an exceptional wet rider even, but not a MotoGP rider and his days are numbered.

I wouldn't be surprised to see him replaced at some stage throughout the year if Kawasaki get desperate or an option becomes available, otherwise I fully expect him to be gone at the end of '08.

In many ways for me (as an Aussie) it will be a shame but he has now had two opportunities and has not been that successful at either. He may well return to another class (ie. Supersports) and kick ass just as he was doing in '07 as I do hope that he not fade into oblivion.

But who to replace him with is the question and it may well come down to dollars.



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I think Westy got in on the "Wow ... where did Stoner come from?" factor last year I think Kawasaki were in a desperate position when Jacque got injured and had not enough money to buy a "big rider" so were working in the realms of lets find a "surprise rider" like Stoner.

He has't performed though ..... so I don't expect him to last ....

As the Prophet John ( Kocinski ) would suggest ... there are other riders out there waiting.
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