Suzuki rides high
JOSH Waters gave Suzuki’s 2009-model GSX-R a dream Australian Superbike Championship debut at Sydney’s Eastern Creek Raceway last weekend.
The 22-year-old rider claimed pole on Saturday and set a lap record on the way to winning the round the next day.
Waters should have won both races, but was outfoxed by defending champion Glenn Allerton on the last lap of the first event.
‘‘Josh had the pace, so for most of the race I was just trying to keep up with him and stay within striking distance,’’ Allerton says.
‘‘I knew I wasn’t quick enough to be able to pull away, so I saved everything I had until the last lap . . . and it worked!’’
Waters is a Superbike rookie and acknowledges he was caught napping when Allerton muscled his way past to take the win by 0.150 seconds. Craig Coxhell was a solid third in the first race to give a privateer team a rare podium finish.
The second race was run on Waters’ terms as the Team Joe Rocket Suzuki pulled away from the field to win by nearly three seconds from Motologic duo Wayne Maxwell and Allerton.
His lap record of 1min30.998sec was only 0.538 seconds off the outright motorcycle record set by Spaniard Alex Criville on a 500cc Grand Prix bike.
Jamie Stauffer took round honours for Yamaha in the Supersport Championship, ahead of teammate Bryan Staring and Shannon Johnson on a Honda.
The next round of the series is at South Australia’s Mallala circuit on August 28-30.