Claiming Rule Team Speed Master has named Mattia Pasini as the replacement for Anthony West for the 2012 MotoGP World Championship.
Pasini, a successful Grand Prix racer with 10 wins and 26 podium finishes in the 125cc and 250cc World Championships, will ride the team’s Aprilia-developed CRT machine.
He replaces West who was forced to withdraw after being unable to come up with the funding to pay for his ride. West, who is considering retiring from racing all-together, said on his official Facebook page racing is becoming too expensive, and only the rich can afford to race in the world championship.
Pasini is testing the team’s Aprilia race bike Jan. 30 and 31 at a private test at the Ricardo Tomo circuit in Valencia, Spain.