Ex-MotoGP, 500cc, Moto2, 125cc, WSS, WSBK, ESBK, CIV SSP, ASBK, Brazilian SBK, BSB.. you get it, rider Anthony West will return to racing in March 2021.
After being banned by the FIM from racing due to testing positive to a substance against the FIM Anti-Doping Code (CAD), this ban stopped him taking part in any and all FIM events and racing motorcycles on FIM circuits, this stopped his Asia Supersport championship charge as he led the championship with a healthy lead into the last few rounds, eventually being overtaken in the standings to take P2 overall.
West then had his ban extended further by the FIM after racing in the Brazilian SBK championship, a championship not under FIM jurisdiction. He rode for Kawasaki and the FIM applied the relevant pressure to stop West from racing and extended his ban until March 2021.
During this time, he went through a lot of struggles and has admitted to attempting to take his own life and suffering from depression due to not having a job at the time or being able to work, since then he has started working as a truck driver driving thousands of kilometers across Australia to earn a living.
Since then, the FIM have confirmed his ban will end in March 2021 and in a statement and apology posted by West he confirmed he will return to racing in World Supersport and the Asia Road Racing Championship:
“I am making this post to publicly apologise for my past conduct in respect of the FIM, which I acknowledge was unacceptable, degrading and hostile. My previous social media statements regarding the FIM were offensive and spread malicious false rumours, and were unfortunately published as a result of my state of mind at the time the statements were made.”
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