Suzuki rides high

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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.

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