Waters Perfect in Darwin

Josh Waters’ affinity with the Hidden Valley circuit has continued at round 2 of the QBE Australian Superbike Championships with the Suzuki rider recording a commanding clean-sweep. The Victorian qualified on pole yesterday and won both of today’s races by a comfortable margin to secure his third consecutive win in the Top End and extend his championship points lead.  He managed two pressure red-flag restarts to lead both races into the first turn and faced few challenges on the way to a pair of popular wins in front of a bumper crowd.  Waters has now won five of the six races contested since the premier two-wheel category returned in 2010.

While he was elated to secure the elusive triple, he said his focus was on the bigger picture and scoring good points for his championship tilt.  “It’s been a perfect weekend to be honest, I love the track and came here pretty confident but I didn’t think I’d have it this easy,” said Waters.  “In terms of the championship it’s great. It’s 51 points and that’s the best I could have asked for.”

Waters was absent from last year’s West Australian round at Barbagallo Raceway and said he looked forward to carrying the momentum over in a fortnight’s time.  “I haven’t raced at Perth since 2004 but I went pretty well back then,” he continued.  “I like the track and the bike is coming on really strong so I’m hoping I can go there and keep the ball rolling.”

The QBE Australian Superbike Championship returns to the track in a fortnight alongside the V8 Supercars at Perth’s Barbagallo Raceway.