Interview: Josh Waters

Andrea Wilson | December 14, 2012
Australian Superbike Champion  Josh Waters talks about growing up Waters  racing  and his move to the BSB series in 2013. Photography By: Andrea Wilson

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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Andrea has been shooting everything from flat track to road racing in her job as a professional freelance photographer, but she's made the move to a full-time staff position at Cycle News where her love of all things motorcycling will translate well. Wilson has proven her worth as more than a photographer as she migrates to the written word with everything from race coverage to interviews.