News 9 Sep 2010

ASBK: Waters to sit out this weekend’s Phillip Island round

Team Suzuki’s Josh Waters has been ruled out of this weekend’s penultimate round of the Australian Superbike Championship, which will be contested at Phillip Island alongside the V8 Supercars Championship.

ASBK champion Josh Waters has been ruled out of Phillip Island this weekend.

ASBK champion Josh Waters has been ruled out of Phillip Island this weekend.

Team Suzuki’s Josh Waters has been ruled out of this weekend’s penultimate round of the Australian Superbike Championship, which will be contested at Phillip Island alongside the L&H 500 V8 Supercars Championship Series endurance race.

Waters was involved in a high-speed crash at Willow Springs in California while testing for the Rockstar Makita Suzuki AMA Superbike team, suffering a severe concussion and collapsed lung that was him place in an induced coma.

The incident has derailed the defending ASBK champion’s title prospects in 2010, however he remains upbeat and looks forward to returning to action aboard the Phil Tainton Racing-prepared GSX-R1000 when medical clearance permits.

“”I still haven’t been cleared by the medical guys to race this weekend, but I am healing and making good progress,” Waters told MotoOnline.com.au.

“I’m obviously disappointed that I can’t ride just yet, but I’ll definitely be at the race with Suzuki before it’s determined when I can return.”

Waters will now set his sights on the non-championship MotoGP support races at Phillip Island on 15-17 October, which is the next event on the calendar before the ASBK series is scheduled to wrap up on 12-14 November.

The injury has also ruled the 23-year-old out of contesting the final round of the AMA Superbike Championship with Suzuki as originally planned, which will take place on 24-26 September at Barber Motorsports Park in Alabama.

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