Waters Racing brothers Brodie and Nicholas Waters posted solid results during last weekend’s Australian Motorcycle Grand Prix at Phillip Island in the national Supersport support races on 15-17 October.
The Sunstate Motorcycles-supported Victorians finished second and eighth respectively in the lone eight-lap race contested in wet conditions on Saturday afternoon, their race schedule being cut from three races to one for the weekend after rain delayed the international schedule on Friday.
Brodie Waters was a standout in the Supersport race, missing out on victory by just 0.066 after factory Team Suzuki rider Troy Herfoss stole the victory from the 18-year-old on the final lap.
Despite leading six of the eight laps and narrowly missing out on the victory, Waters was pleased with his performance in front of the world’s best riders and team’s watching on from the MotoGP paddock.
“I lead most of the race so it was disappointing to miss the victory,” Waters commented. “I don’t know if Troy was just sitting there playing or what, but he was able to come through and win so I had to settle for second. I was disappointed not to win, but it was good for Suzuki to finish first and second with the pair of GSX-R600s in the support race.”
Brodie will now head to the season finale of the Australian Supersport Championship at Symmons Plains in Tasmania on 12-14 November, where he hopes to win in a bid to move from third to second in the championship if everything goes according to plan.
“I want to try and win both races at in Tasmania next month and hopefully I can get second in the series behind Troy,” he said. “It’s going to be a hard task, but it’s definitely what I’m aiming for to finish out the season.”
Youngest Waters brother Nick made his debut in the Supersport ranks alongside brother Brodie after finishing fourth in the Australian Superstock 600 Championship earlier this season, and posted an impressive eighth in his first Supersport outing.
Nick worked his way up from a 12th place qualifying position to run as high as sixth in the race, eventually settling in for a solid eighth against a field containing far more experience than the talented 16-year-old.
“After practice on my Superstock bike in the wet I was quite happy how free practice had gone so was looking forward to the qualifying session to follow, but after three laps in qualifying I ended up coming off at turn one,” Nick reflected.
“Starting in 12th position and with the rain coming down, wasn’t looking forward to turn one, but we all survived so I put my head down and pushed to the finish line and was happy to finish in the top 10 for my first Supersport race.”
The brothers, from Mildura in Victoria, will now focus on the season finale at to be held at Symmons Plains in Tasmania next month alongside the V8 Supercars Championship series for the second two-plus-four event of the season.