News 15 Oct 2022

Waters secures support class triple with new best race lap

Perfect scorecard at Phillip Island to cap off dream V4 R debut.

Image: Russell Colvin.

It was a dream outing for Josh Waters with the Boost Mobile with K-Tech Ducati team, swiftly finding pace onboard the V4 R to claim three from three race wins and a new national Superbike race lap record in the support races at Phillip Island.

Waters took a dominant victory in race two, crossing the line 4.1s ahead of Yamaha Racing Team’s Cru Halliday who emerged ahead of Bryan Staring (Desmosport Ducati) and Mike Jones (Yamaha Racing Team) in a three-rider battle.

Notably, Waters able was able to sizeably improve on his best lap from yesterday and set a new national Superbike race lap record in form of a 1m31.705s – 0.051s quicker than the previous record by Wayne Maxwell.

Completing the top five behind Jones was Troy Herfoss (Penrite Honda Racing), notably losing considerable time to the podium battle on lap six which caused him to fall into the clutches of 727 Moto’s Jed Metcher who crossed the line sixth.

Broc Pearson (DesmoSport Ducati) recovered from a fall yesterday to drop into the low 1m34s and cross the line seventh, as Alastair Hoogenboezem (Addicted to Track Yamaha), Peter Berry (Suzuki) and Dennis Bech (Ducati) rounded out the top 10.

Waters again swiftly made his way to the front in race three and progressively stretched out his advantage while Halliday worked his way back into second, ahead of Jones and Staring.

With four laps to go, it was Staring who regained P2 from Jones and Halliday as the number 21 increased his margin to 3.1s, consistently reeling off low 1m32s.

In the final stages Waters backed off the pace and managed to take the win with a 1.7s advantage over Halliday and Staring who completed the top three.

Jones finished the race fourth, while Herfoss held off Jed Metcher as the pair finished fifth and sixth respectively. P7 was Pearson, who showed strong pace in the second half of the race to bank multiple 1m33s and reel in the duo in front of him. Eighth was Hoogenboezem, ahead of Berry and Bech in ninth and 10th.

A perfect scorecard for Waters allowed him to comfortably clinch the overall for the Superbike support class, with Halliday P2 on 60 points and Staring third on 53.

In the Oceania Junior CUP (OJC), consistency prevailed for Hudson Thompson who claimed the round victory with 5-4-3 finishes, ahead of Levi Russo who went 2-3-8 for P2.

Race one and two winner Ryan Larkin completed the rostrum, however, did not finish the last race due to being brought down in a multi-rider incident at turn four. Bodie Paige ultimately won the final bout for class this weekend ahead of Sam Drane.

Harrison Watts continues to lead the OJC standings and was able to remount after falling in the last race to score a crucial four points. Title rival Cameron Rende also didn’t finish the final race at Phillip Island after notching a P2 in race two, meaning he faces a 25-point deficit to Watts entering the remaining races.

Detailed results