Cool, cool Waters

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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.

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