News 28 Nov 2016

International career on hold for Honda's newly-signed Waters

MX Nationals and supercross primary focus for next season.

Image: Alex Gobert (Foremost Media).

Image: Alex Gobert (Foremost Media).

Recently-signed Crankt Protein Honda Racing rider Todd Waters has put his international hopes aside for 2017 as he intends to primarily focus on next year’s MX Nationals series and Australian Supercross Championship.

Waters, who scored his sole MXGP podium finish in his second season of contesting the prestigious FIM Motocross World Championship in 2015, is remaining adamant that 2017 will be a year of rebuilding himself to a level he feels he was missing this year.

“It’s 2017 for me,” Waters revealed to “I need to focus on this and I need to get back to where I know I should be. That’s what I need to do – just focus on myself. [I] just need to get that rolling, create a team around me – which we have a great team.

“I’ve got a good trainer and it’s all coming together, I just need to use those resources to get back to where I should be and we’ll see what the future brings.”

Despite finishing this year’s MX National series in third, the popular Queenslander struggled with preparation leading into the Australian Supercross Championship as he juggled his duties with representing Australia at the FIM Motocross of Nations in Italy.

Waters reflected on his 2016 supercross campaign, reassuring he wants to make a mends next year and enter the series with adequate preparation to position himself as a consistent front-runner in the discipline.

“I haven’t raced supercross since 2012 – it’s not my thing supercross – and I came out at Jimboomba, [where] I came from 10th place to fourth, and the next round I won the heat race and pulled an eight-second gap – I was like man, I don’t know what’s happening here,” he continued.

“I knew it was going to be hard to compete with the amount of testing I did – I had no bike development and I was thrown right in the deep end – the amount of laps I did around a track was next to nothing. I’m excited to put down a proper pre-season in supercross, get the bike setup and that should work for us – we’ll see how we go, [but] I’m determined to put the bike upfront in supercross.”

Crankt Protein Honda Racing made the announcement of Waters’ signing last week at the Moto Expo in Melbourne, where they also revealed he will be joined MX1 rookie Luke Clout.