Josh Waters scored a perfectly judged victory in a dramatic first British Superbike race at Assen.
|Waters rode to his second victory of 2014 in race one
Photo: Tyco Suzuki
Having missed the cut on the Superbike ‘Showdown’ places, the Australian maximised the GSX-R1000’s potential in wet conditions to fend off a determined Ryuichi Kiyonari charge.
Waters demonstrated his wet-weather prowess by scoring his debut win in the series earlier in the year at Brands Hatch. He did the same at Assen, a track that he was visiting for the first time.
The Tyco Suzuki man was involved in an early five way scrap for the victory in race one and when rain started falling mid-race, he made his way past Shane Byrne on the eleventh lap to take the lead. He quickly built a substantial lead but Kiyonari reduced his margin to snatch the lead on the final lap. Waters wasn’t to be outdone however and a late move to reclaim the lead proved decisive.
“I’m ‘rapt’ to have taken another win for Tyco Suzuki and I really enjoyed the conditions. Coming here for the first time I’d have been happy with solid single figure top ten finishes but the boys really have perfected a top class wet weather set-up on the Tyco Suzuki GSX-R1000, and I just dug in, kept it upright and yeah, I’m really happy to get another BSB win.”
Conditions were perfect for the second race and despite team-mate John Hopkins’ pace, Waters was unable to finish higher than eighth, 30 seconds down in the race winner.
“I made a poor start in race two and got caught up and maybe was a little frustrated, but I’m satisfied enough with my weekend’s work and we can take away a lot of positives.”
Waters remains ninth overall in the championship standings but the 33 points earned at Assen see him close to within two points of James Ellison in eighth.