Photography By: Andrea WIlson
Australians have long been known as a nomadic bunch and that includes the long list of motorcycle champions who have left the land down under to pursue championships in foreign lands. Now you can add Josh Waters to that list.
Winning his first Superbike Championship during his rookie season in 2009 in addition to his Australian National 125cc GP title, and heaps of National dirt track titles, it seemed inevitable that he’d get an opportunity to go to another national or World Championship.
It was enough to get him a test with the Yoshimura Suzuki team at Barber in 2010 and he made his mark there as well. That led to the opportunity to fill in for Blake Young, the Yoshimura Suzuki rider having suffered a broken back at the very same test. Unfortunately, with the highs and lows that’s inherent in racing, the high of getting an opportunity to make his mark outside of Australia was quickly followed by the low of being sidelined for three months after a big crash while testing for Yosh at Willow Springs. Although he missed his big chance of racing the bike at Laguna Seca because of the concussion he suffered at Willow Springs, he recovered and added a second Australian Superbike title in 2012.
Now he’s leaving home to race abroad, but it’s not the AMA Superbike title he’ll be chasing. Instead, Waters is headed to England and the extremely competitive British Superbike Championship with the Milwaukee Yamaha team – taking the spot vacated by Tommy Hill’s sabbatical.
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