Waters to enjoy a dip in the big pool
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.