WATERS AND GSX-R600 WIN AT PHILLIP ISLAND2012-08-20 09:02
Team Suzuki's Josh Waters will enter the final round of the 2012 Australian Superbike Championship with a 19.5-point advantage after scoring second position at Phillip Island's penultimate weekend of action, as his younger brother, Supersport Team Suzuki rider Brodie Waters, picked-up a double victory aboard the GSX-R600.
Fresh from a standout performance at the Suzuka 8 Hours in Japan, Josh Waters put forward a consistent effort aboard the GSX-R1000 and is now in the box seat to secure his second career Australian Superbike title.
After qualifying fourth in mixed conditions, Waters finished the opening 12-lap race in second, just 1.710 seconds in arrears of title rival Wayne Maxwell. He backed that result up in race two, which was reduced to 10 laps following an opening-lap incident that caused a race stoppage.
Said Waters: "The weekend was good for me, but obviously would have been better if we could have won the races. It was tough between myself and Wayne, but near the end my bike was moving around quite a bit so I decided to try and play it smart for the championship.
"I want to qualify and do well in both races at Queensland. I just need to try hard though. If I do that, then it should all be good and will hopefully go to plan for myself and Team Suzuki."
Team Suzuki team mate Ben Attard was sixth overall at Phillip Island after qualifying an impressive second, taking home sixth place in both races. Attard was involved in the battle for the podium in race two, but ultimately had to settle for sixth due to a 10-second jump-start penalty. In his first season aboard the GSX-R1000, Attard now sits sixth in the standings.
"I feel as though I rode ok and my lap times were good," Attard explained. "I jumped the start in that last race, but it was good to be in the mix for the podium during the race. The results aren't really showing it, but I'm definitely getting faster on the bike and the more dry track time I'm getting, the better I feel on the bike. Hopefully it amounts into some strong results soon."
Fellow Queenslander Robbie Bugden was fifth overall for Team Volvo Group Suzuki in a positive performance at the flowing 4.445-kilometre grand prix circuit. Bugden was a frustrating seventh in race one, but he too battled for the rostrum in the second race before crossing the line in fifth position. The four times New Zealand Superbike Champion also holds down that position in the series.
"I was a little disappointed after the first race because I felt I could have done better than seventh, but the top group was pretty strong," Bugden said. "The second race was a lot better and I was more happy with my pace. We were only four seconds off the leader, so that's a big improvement for me because Phillip Island has always been a bit of a bogey track. Hopefully we can finish the season strong back up here in Queensland."
Team Suzuki Supersport campaigner Brodie Waters (pictured) enjoyed a dream weekend at Phillip Island, picking up his first career double victory in the pair of 12-lap Supersport races. That result sees him climb to second in the championship, just half a point out of the series lead with one round remaining.
Waters rode his GSX-R600 to a thrilling 0.079sec victory in race one, before the second race was won by 0.130sec. After the Phillip Island round went according to plan, Waters is determined to continue the same form when the series reaches its finale at Queensland Raceway next month.
"It's definitely good to be heading into the last round only half a point off the championship lead," Waters said. "The weekend went my way and it was good to get my first double race win. That was a boost of confidence for me, but they were two really tight battles and we were pushing quite hard - I was the one who came out on top on the last lap.
"The wins came at the right time, so it gives me a good chance to see what I can do in this championship at the last round. It's going to be hard work at the final round, but I will try my best as always and hopefully get some wins for this championship."
The Australian Superbike Championship will conclude at Queensland Raceway on September 15-16th.
Superbike Round Results:
1. Wayne MAXWELL 51
2. Joshua WATERS (Team Suzuki) 40
3. Jamie STAUFFER 36
4. Glenn ALLERTON 34
5. Robert BUGDEN (Team Volvo Group Suzuki) 30
6. Ben ATTARD (Team Suzuki) 30
7. Scott CHARLTON (Suzuki) 30
8. John PHELAN 24
9. Ben HOOKE 21
10. Beau BEATON (Suzuki) 13
Superbike Championship Standings (after 6 of 7 rounds):
1. Joshua WATERS (Team Suzuki) 247.5
2. Wayne MAXWELL 228
3. Jamie STAUFFER 200.5
4. Glenn ALLERTON 198
5. Robert BUGDEN (Team Volvo Group Suzuki) 180
6. Ben ATTARD (Team Suzuki) 178.5
7. Scott CHARLTON (Suzuki) 159
8. Ben HENRY (Suzuki) 147.5
9. Brodie WATERS (Team Suzuki) 45
10. Chris TROUNSON 26
Supersport Round Results:
1. Brodie WATERS (Team Suzuki) 50
2. Josh HOOK 38
3. Mitchell CARR 38
4. Glenn SCOTT 34
5. Brendan CLARKE 31
6. Levi DAY 29
7. Adam SENIOR 26
8. James HOOGENBOEZEM 24
9. Chris QUINN 17
10. Mitch LEVY (Suzuki) 14
Supersport Championship Standings (after 4 of 5 rounds):
1. Mitchell CARR 141.5
2. Brodie WATERS (Team Suzuki) 141
3. Josh HOOK 137
4. Glenn SCOTT 123
5. Levi DAY 95
6. Chris QUINN 94.5
7. Adam SENIOR 86.5
8. Brendan CLARKE 55.5
9. Mitch LEVY (Suzuki) 53.5
10. Christan CASELLA 49.5
Source: Team Suzuki Press Office
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