Josh Waters on ASBK Rnd1 and the season ahead | Interview

2020 mi-bike Australian Superbike Championship
Round One – Phillip Island
Josh Waters


Privateer Josh Waters had his work cut out for him heading into 2020, forming his own team following Suzuki’s surprise decision to withdraw from supporting a factory team in 2020.

WSBK Rnd Phillip Island RbMotoLens ASBK Race Grid Josh Waters

WSBK Rnd Phillip Island RbMotoLens ASBK Race Grid Josh Waters

Josh Waters on the grid at Phillip Island – Image by Rob Mott

The weekend at Phillip Island though worked out even better than Waters could have hoped. Two very strong third places and third overall for the round earning him 51 championship points, a great reward for his new privateer based team.

MCNews.com.au caught up with Josh Waters immediately after race three at Phillip Island on the weekend.

WSBK TBG WSBK Round Phillip Island TBG

WSBK TBG WSBK Round Phillip Island TBG

Superbike Race Three Results
Maxwell
Halliday +0.752
Waters +3.923


Josh Waters interview

Trevor Hedge: We’re just here with Josh Waters after the opening round of the ASBK. Josh the pressure has been on in the off-season, you’ve had to put your own team together, a new privateer outfit after Suzuki pulled out towards the end of last year. I think you felt like you’d been left a bit high and dry there perhaps, so it was all hands on deck to get you back on track. Its been quite a mission to pull all this together, you must be very, very – very – happy how this has come together. You haven’t quite challenged for the win, but not far off…

Josh Waters: “Yeah I’m wrapped, like you said, to put together a squad that you can do the whole year with, isn’t as easy as I maybe thought at the start. So I’ve had some great people around me, and they’ve been able to get me some good backing, and we’re still a very small team. I haven’t ridden as much as I would have liked to, we did the test, I was quite a ways off. So coming into the event, I wasn’t sure if I was going to be able to fight to be P3 for the majority of the weekend. I wasn’t in Race 2, where I got sixth, but I was still fighting for third. I was a little ways off but that pace was soooo fast, I’m really happy.”

WSBK Rnd Phillip Island RbMotoLens ASBK R Start Wayne Maxwell Leads from Josh Waters

WSBK Rnd Phillip Island RbMotoLens ASBK R Start Wayne Maxwell Leads from Josh Waters

Waters chases Maxwell with the ASBK Superbike pack hot on his heels – Image by Rob Mott


Trev: Are you going to get any time to test at Wakefield Park?

Waters: “I hope to do the test that everyone else is doing.”

WSBK Rnd Phillip Island RbMotoLens ASBK Race Wayne Maxwell leads Cru Halliday Josh Waters

WSBK Rnd Phillip Island RbMotoLens ASBK Race Wayne Maxwell leads Cru Halliday Josh Waters

Maxwell leads Halliday and Waters – Image by Rob Mott


Trev: You’re transitioning back to Dunlop this year as well, hows that?

Waters: “It has changed how I ride the bike a bit, one guy was just saying to me, ‘jeez it looks like you’re building confidence every time I watch you ride.’ I needed to try and change something, because I was maybe a little bit the same all the time. I didn’t have a wonderful year last year, but I still came to the final round and could have had a chance to win the championship, with the perfect weekend and someone else having some bad luck. Dunlop have been great to me, have got behind me and I’m really appreciative of that.”

ASBK JanTest PI TH Dunlop

ASBK JanTest PI TH Dunlop

Josh Waters is back with Dunlop this season


Trev: As you bought up confidence, rightly or wrongly, I always thought that effects you a lot as a rider more than most. I can see the level of confidence or how happy you are from your face, I can read you from a mile away… You’ve been smiles all weekend and it’s great to see.

Waters: “I read that last night [on MCNews.com.au], what you’d wrote about the races yesterday, ‘Whenever Josh is happy he seems to go alright’, I’ve known you a long time and maybe the old Josh is back. I’m obviously riding a lot better, and happy with the feeling of what I’ve got underneath me.”

Trev: It must be good for your backers, hopefully they’ll get behind you even more and propel things forward, and of course this fills you with some more confidence. Like I said its great to see you smiling, a smiling Josh Waters is a dangerous Josh Waters.

WSBK TBG WSBK Round Phillip Island R Maxwell Halliday Waters TBG

WSBK TBG WSBK Round Phillip Island R Maxwell Halliday Waters TBG

Josh Waters and Cru Halliday chasing Wayne Maxwell – TBG Image


ASBK next heads to Wakefield Park later this month, the Goulburn circuit plays host to Round Two of the series over the March 27-29 weekend.


2020 mi-bike Australian Superbike Championship Points

Pos Name Machine Pole R1 R2 R3 Total
1 Wayne MAXWELL Ducati V4R 1 25 25 25 76
2 Cru HALLIDAY Yamaha 20 20 20 60
3 Josh WATERS Suzuki 18 15 18 51
4 Bryan STARING Kawasaki 17 17 15 49
5 Troy HERFOSS Honda 16 16 16 48
6 Daniel FALZON Yamaha 14 14 13 41
7 Arthur SISSIS Suzuki 15 10 12 37
8 Mike JONES Ducati 18 17 35
9 Jed METCHER Suzuki 12 11 10 33
10 Glenn ALLERTON BMW 5 12 14 31
11 Linden MAGEE BMW 10 6 9 25
12 Matt WALTERS Kawasaki 13 11 24
13 Max CROKER Suzuki 9 7 7 23
14 Aiden WAGNER Yamaha 13 9 22
15 Sloan FROST Suzuki 8 5 8 21
16 Beau BEATON Ducati 7 4 6 17
17 Glenn SCOTT Kawasaki 4 8 4 16
18 Brendan McINTYRE Suzuki 6 3 5 14
19 Josh HAYES Yamaha 11 11
20 Matthew TOOLEY Yamaha 1 1 3 5
21 Giuseppe SCARCELLA Ducati 3 2 5
22 Dean HASLER BMW 2 2 4
23 Nathan SPITERI Suzuki 1 1

2020 ASBK Calendar

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Rnd Date Track
Rnd 2  27-29 March Wakefield Park, NSW
Rnd 3 7-10 May The Bend, SA
Rnd 4 15-17 May Barbagallo, WA (SBK only)
Rnd 5 7-9 August Morgan Park, QLD
Rnd 6 11-13 September Winton, VIC
Rnd 7 2-4 October Phillip Island, VIC

Source: MCNews.com.au

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