Wa­ters to en­joy a dip in the big pool

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JOSH Wa­ters (right) has been in­vited to join Aus­tralians Chris Ver­meulen and Troy Corser on the grid at the Phillip Is­land round of the World Su­per­bike Cham­pi­onship.

The Mildura-based rider im­pressed all with his speed and at­ti­tude at an Amer­i­can Su­per­bike Cham­pi­onship trial last year and has earned a ride with the Yoshimura Suzuki team for his home WSBK event on Fe­bru­ary 25-27.

He was hand­picked by Yoshimura Ja­pan pres­i­dent Fu­jio Yoshimura.

‘‘We are ex­tremely ex­cited to have Josh on board Yoshimura says. ‘‘He is a very tal­ented rider and we look for­ward to see­ing what he can do at his home track.‘‘

Wa­ters won the 2009 ASBK cham­pi­onship, but failed to de­fend his ti­tle last year when he missed the last half of the sea­son af­ter a high-speed crash dur­ing his AMA trial. The 24-year-old racer re­turned to form with an over­all third place his first ride back and is now look­ing for­ward to mak­ing the most of his in­ter­na­tional start.

‘‘I can’t wait to join some of the world’s best rid­ers at Phillip Is­land,’’ Wa­ters says. ‘‘I cer­tainly know that it’s not go­ing to be a walk in the park, but all I can do is try my hard­est and see how it goes.

‘‘Yoshimura Suzuki is a very suc­cess­ful team and its bike is ex­tremely well pre­pared, so I hope I can be up there and push­ing hard against the world cham­pi­onship reg­u­lars.’’

Wa­ters’ world su­per­bike start comes at a cost for the do­mes­tic Suzuki team, which will be with­out his ser­vices for the open­ing round of the Aus­tralian cham­pi­onship the same week­end.

‘‘I guess a strong re­sult at Phillip Is­land may open up some more op­por­tu­ni­ties for me down the track, but my pri­mary fo­cus is show­ing them what I can do at Phillip Is­land,’’ Wa­ters says.

Wa­ters will join Corser and Ver­meulen at the sec­ond of­fi­cial pre-sea­son test at Phillip Is­land from Fe­bru­ary 21-22, with all the world su­per­bike and su­pers­port teams mak­ing their way back to the cir­cuit three days later for the start of the sea­son proper.

Tick­ets are still avail­able at ev­ery level from cor­po­rate box sites to three-day gen­eral tick­ets for $130.

There are still trackside camp­ing sites, with prices at $95 an adult for up to four days and the kids camp free.

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