Cool, cool Waters
JOSH Waters did his international ambitions no harm at all with a 12th-fastest lap in the World Superbike Championship test at Phillip Island this week. The Mildura-born racer now heads into this weekend’s opening round of the series knowing he has a good understanding of the bike to go with his home-track advantage.
Waters, 24, is the 2009 Australian superbike champion and would already have American superbike rides under his belt had he not fallen last year while testing for the US Suzuki team.
That fall cost him the US ride and any chance of defending his Australian title, but his pre-race pace and poise impressed those involved and he was invited to ride the Yoshimura Suzuki machine at this weekend’s WSBK round.
‘‘I know that all the other guys were testing parts, so it’s not as if it’s qualifying, but it was a good start,’’ Waters says.
His time of 1 minute 32.394 was half a second faster than BMW rider and fellow Australian Troy Corser, while Bryan Staring and Mark Aitchison’s times — both on Kawasaki ZX-10R bikes — were 18th and 23rd, respectively.
Waters isn’t getting too excited. He knows today’s opening session will give him a much better idea of where he’s at.
‘‘The bike’s completely different to my normal ride. There’s so many different things we can change, so I’m still getting to understand it all.’’
Broc Parkes flew the local flag in the 600cc World Supersport Championship and his Kawasaki was a .14 of a second off pacesetter Fabien Foret’s time of 1min 33.904sec.
Support events this weekend include the opening round of the Australian Superbike and Supersport championships, along with Prostock, Superstock 600 classes and the popular Historic bikes.
Tickets are available at the gate. For times and coverage go to worldsbk.com
Getting the lowdown: Kawasaki rider Bryan Staring leads Josh Waters on a Suzuki during testing before this weekend’s first round of the World Superbike Championship at Phillip Island.