Waters Making Progress With Brace Of Fifths

/ August 26, 2014
MCE Britishsuperbike Championship

MCE Britishsuperbike ChampionshipJosh Waters continued to make progress with his Tyco Suzuki GSX-R1000 at Cadwell Park, taking a brace of fifth placed finishes in the treacherous conditions at one of his least favourite circuits.

After qualifying on the second row in the dry conditions, the twice Australian Superbike champion, back on a GSX-R this year after his debut year in British Superbikes last year, followed it up with a fifth placed finish in race one.

As the rain rolled in for race two, Waters rode to a safe finish, again in fifth, proving that the team can challenge near the front as they continue to find that all important set-up for the Australian

He said, “If I was to pick a track day anywhere in the world to ride, I wouldn’t pick Cadwell. But we have made progress and the track certainly suits the Suzuki chassis.

“I was happy to improve throughout the weekend. To qualify on the second row and then to finish in the top five in both races was really good for me.

“Cadwell Park is a very unique circuit, so I was happy to be competitive. Big thanks to my crew and the Tyco Suzuki team. Now I’ll rest up and look ahead to Donington Park.”

The weekend was less kind to John Hopkins, who was still suffering from the broken ankle he sustained at Oulton Park and was taking part in his first race meeting at the Lincolnshire circuit, after missing the round in 2011.

After qualifying eighth, he dropped to 13th in race one, and opted to sit out race two as the discomfort in his foot meant he was unable to race safely.

MCE British Superbike ChampionshipIn the supersport class, Taylor Mackenzie had a difficult start to the weekend after missing qualifying with a technical issue, forcing him to start from the back of the grid.

However, the youngster showed his maturity to put his head down, and came through to finish in the points in 14th in the first sprint race.

In the second race, he continued to come forward through the pack and finished in seventh place.

He said, “Well after the weekend we’ve had I was really happy to come away with a seventh place today.

“Starting 17th on the grid it was never going to be easy, so to come away with some decent points is probably the best of a bad weekend.

“I really cannot wait to get to the next three tracks as they should suit both me and my GSX-R600.”