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Josh Waters joined his new Tyco Suzuki team mates at the Cartagena circuit in Spain in early March for the all important initial test of his new Suzuki GSX-R Superbike.
Testing commenced on 6 March with the first day taken up with Waters getting the bike set up. Getting used to the power of the Suzuki after last year on a Yamaha was one of Waters' first tasks. After Day 2 of the four day test Waters was more comfortable on the bike.
"It was good to finish the second day off with my new team, back with a manufacturer that I have spent a lot of my career with so I am enjoying it. My crew are really good and it is all going good. I have made a lot of progress since yesterday morning and today it was coming easier. I am more comfortable on the Suzuki and when you are having fun you go better and get better results, as you can see from some of the other guys on the track"
Waters and John Hopkins at Cartagena
With more sessions came more confidence over the final days. Waters clocked an unofficial 1:35.9 best lap which was comparable with the fastest riders.
Waters on the #12 GSX-R at Cartagena
Thanks to Tyco Suzuki and Paul Lindsay for the images and media
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It is with great pleasure that we can announce that we are officially supporting Josh Waters in his tilt at the 2014 MCE British Superbike Championships.
Josh has joined the Tyco Suzuki team with new team mate John Hopkins. The Tyco Suzuki team is part of TAS Racing owned and managed by father and son team Hector and Philip Neill. TAS Racing has been part of British Superbikes for seven seasons and has enjoyed some success in that time. Most recently Australian Josh Brookes campaigned a Tas Racing/Tyco Suzuki to third in the 2013 Championship.
Waters' debut in British Superbikes in 2013 was not as good as he had hoped. With some bad luck and crashes his tenure at his first team Milwaukee Yamaha was cut short, with Waters finishing the year on a Halsal Racing Kawasaki. The final race of the final round saw Waters finish a very creditable 4th place on the Kawasaki.
With the backing of such an experienced and successful team, and back on the familiar GSX-R, the bike he won his Australian Championships on, Waters is rightly excited and quietly optimistic about his chances in BSB this year.
Planning is underway for flashpixx to join Josh and the Tyco Suzuki team in July for the Brands Hatch round. More on this as it gets closer. In the meantime we will be providing regular updates on Josh's exploits with Tyco Suzuki and BSB.
Next we will cover the recent test at Cartagena in Spain.
We would like to thank Tyco Suzuki and Paul Lindsay for the images and media.
Glenn Allerton made the most of his opportunity to guest ride for the BMW Motorrad Italia SBK team following an injury to the permanent team rider Frenchman Sylvain Barrier.
Qualifying saw Allerton start from position 19 on the grid on the EVO spec BMW S1000RR. An injury in qualifying didn't help in the starting position for Race One.
In race one Allerton finished a very creditable 11th well up from his grid position. He managed to get as high as 10th place, passing both Robbie Rolfo and Fabian Foret by lap 5, only to be re-passed by Rolfo on lap 8, relegating him to 11th. Allerton hung on to 11th for the remainder of the race and in doing so claimed 5 well earned WSBK Championship points. In finishing 11th he was the third EVO spec bike home behind David Salom on the Kawasaki Racing Team ZX-10R and Niccolo Canepa on the Althea Racing Panigale.
Race two saw Allerton start from P14 but unfortunately was not able to hang on and finished in P15, claiming another WSBK Championship point. The injury sustained in Qualifying stopped him pushing as hard as he wanted.
Allerton's best lap for the weekend was in Race One a 1:32.892.
Allerton through Lukey Heights on Saturday in Qualifying
Allerton leads Rolfo and Foret (9) through the exit of Honda Corner in Race One
The weather was picture perfect for the running of Round One of the 2014 World Superbike Championships at Phillip Island.
Superbikes saw the two Aprilias of Giuntoli and Melandri in Pole and position 2 on the grid, with Suzukis of Laverty and Lowes rounding out the front row. Race One saw the two Aprilias lead the way with Giuntoli leading Melandri into turn one, with Davide Giuliano forcing his way into third. The next three saw Baz, Rea and Sykes battling it out for 4th place. Alex Lowes, who led practice and early qualifying times crashed out on lap 4, while Guintoli continued to lead from Giuliano up into second and Melandri third. By mid race Laverty was starting to move through the field and made his way past Sykes, Rea and Baz into 4th place. The second half of the race was all Laverty as he passed Melandri then Giuliano and finally Giuntoli to take the lead. Once there he was never headed, pulling out a gap of 3 seconds on Melandri with Giuntoli third.
Race 2 again saw the Aprilias lead from the start however Laverty on the Suzuki quickly climbed through the field, seemingly heading for a double win. However on lap 15 Laverty's Suzuki blew up leaving a trail of oil on the track. Officials called the race at that point leaving Giuntoli leading from Loris Baz and Tom Sykes third.
The World Supersport race saw more drama as on lap six Jack Kennedy from Ireland's Honda destroyed it's engine leaving oil spread around the track, bringing out the red flag. After a long delay officials determined a five lap dash would decide the result of the Supersport Race. Kenan Sofuoglu led the way and after dominating practice and qualifying seemed hard to beat. However on lap 2 Van Der Mark overtook Sofuoglu and the battle was on. However in yet another twist Sofuoglu crashed out followed shortly by Van Der Mark, leaving Jules Cluzel on the MV Augusta in the lead. Cluzel was never headed and celebrated a maiden win for MV Augusta. Kev Coghlan took second place from Rafaelle De Rosa in third.
1. Laverty celebrates his maiden win for Suzuki
2. Giuntoli on his way to a race two win
3. Cluzel celebrates MV Augusta's maiden win in Supersport
One of the attractions at motorsport events are the grid girls. World Superbike is no exception, with the girls happy to wander pit paddock and pose for photographs with the fans.
World Superbike Girls
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