Waters performance hindered by ligament damage at Thruxton

Photo: Milwaukee Yamaha

Milwaukee Yamaha’s Josh Waters was left frustrated after race day at the Hampshire circuit, which saw the Australian endure a large tumble off his R1 Yamaha in the first race, and suffering the effects of said crash, throughout the second.

After initially saying prior to the weekend how the circuit reminds him of tracks from back home in Oz, the former ASBK champion was quite excited to get out and experience it all. Though after Qualifying was cancelled, leaving Waters much further down the grid than what would be ideal, he lost the rear in a big fashion heading on to the fast part of the circuit on the first lap of race one.

The incident meant that Josh started race two from the back of the grid, seeing as he had set no lap time during the first race. That, entwined with a very unhelpful degree of pain in his left wrist (which according to Milwaukee Yamaha’s official Twitter feed was later found to be from ligament damage), meant that Waters could only manage 16th, at the time of the red flag.

Speaking to PaddockChatter.com at Thruxton on Sunday evening, Josh said: “Yeah, that hurt. I just came out of the corner, it let go on me, and there I was – tumbling off. It hurt my wrist, so I’ll have to go and see if there’s anything wrong with it. Race two was a bit of a waste because of it… but a huge thanks to the team for this weekend.

I think I can be in the top 10. I’m not going to win a race yet, but will keep plugging away and get some finishes. I had a good feeling (around the track), so I would love to come back (next year).

Oulton Park is next, so we’ll move on from what happened here, hope to improve there. Like with the other tracks, I’ve seen some videos but the real thing is massively different than when I actually go around it on my bike. So it should be alright, hopefully I’ll feel fit, and I know the team will do a great job, they’re trying everything to get me comfortable for me, so I’ll keep plugging away.”


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