News 24 Jul 2018

Race fitness still a hurdle for Waters in Loket MXGP encounter

Queenslander 20th overall at MXGP of Czech Republic.

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Todd Waters admits he’s still facing the hurdle of race fitness following an enduring encounter at the MXGP of Czech Republic on Sunday.

Waters, who was drafted into the Honda HRC squad prior the MXGP of Latvia in May before a broken collarbone sidelined him for a month, has been racing to reach an adequate level of fitness, showing glimpses of potential in a number of outings so far.

The Queensland-native went 16-22 at Loket for 20th overall, a result which the number 42 is extracting positives from in his early form of the opening moto.

“I got a good start to race one and it was nice to battle with Tommy Searle and other opponents around the top 10,” Waters explained. “But then I hit a wall in terms of fitness and that carried into the second race as well. The bike was perfect, nothing wrong with it, it was all me.

“Unfortunately, we’re not where we want to be so we need to train even harder in order to get closer to the type of form we need to be racing at this level. Lommel is one of the toughest tracks on the calendar, so we’ll be riding as much as we can before the weekend and be as ready as possible.”

With just four grand prix under his belt, Waters sits 26th in the championship standings as the series heads to Lommel in Belgium on 5 August.