News 17 Oct 2010

ASBK: Waters takes popular win in race two at Phillip Island

Suzuki’s Josh Waters has scored a brilliant come from behind win in the second Superbike support race at the 2010 IVECO Australian Motorcycle Grand Prix at Phillip Island.

Waters, returning to action for the first time in three months after a huge testing crash in America, methodically sliced his way through the pack in the eight-lapper, finally moving into the lead on the final lap after disposing of Bryan Staring’s Honda.

He then held on for a popular 0.967-second victory over the luckless Staring, who had done all the heavy lifting by leading the race from lap two.

Glenn Allerton made it two Hondas in the top three after getting the better of a tight duel with polesitter Jamie Stauffer (Ducati).

“It was a fantastic race, and I just put my head down and went for it,” said Waters. “A big thank you to Suzuki for remaining loyal to me after the crash in America, and it’s great to be riding again after sitting on the couch for three months.”

All the riders in race two went out on full wet tyres after a morning shower swept over the Phillip Island circuit, with Allerton making the early running before Staring – who leads this year’s Australian Superbike Championship with one round to go — swept into the lead.

Meanwhile, yesterday’s race winner Shannon Johnson (Honda) finished in sixth place behind Daniel Stauffer, while Queenslander Robbie Bugden (Suzuki) was the biggest casualty after a big highside at Turn Nine.

The third and final race will be held at 11.45am.