Wrist hampers Waters at Cadwell debut

Waters said race 2 at Thruxton was “a waste”

The Milwaukee Yamaha squad had what seemed to be a successful (and essentially dry) day of testing at Cadwell Park today, with both BSB contenders – James Ellison and Josh Waters out on track putting laps in. The Road Racing team of Conor Cummins and William Dunlop were also doing the rounds on their full SBK spec R1’s. 
The test was a chance for both Ellison and Waters to have more much needed track time on their BSB R1’s, given the lack of testing available to them in pre-season, what with the arctic conditions throughout March. For Aussie Josh Waters, it was a preliminary outing at the circuit, so that he won’t be starting with a blank canvas on the Friday practice, when the BSB circus ventures to Cadwell in August. It was also a chance to test out his physical condition following his crash in race one at Thruxton, less than two weeks ago. The crash left Waters with ligament damage in his left wrist, causing him severe pain, rendering him unable to put in a good performance in the second race at the Hampshire circuit. 
Today’s test confirmed that his wrist is still not at 100%, with the Aussie saying that was the key issue more than anything. Speaking to PaddockChatter at Cadwell this afternoon, Waters said: “I’d seen videos before I came here but obviously this is my first time out, the track is good I’ve not ridden anything like it before. The main problem today has been my wrist, it should be ok for Oulton though. The Mountain is different, I’m not in to jumping, though I’ll leave that to the other guys.”

You can view an onboard from Waters’ crash at Thruxton here. 

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