News 25 Mar 2023

Victory streak of Waters continues with Sydney double

Five wins in a row for McMartin Racing rider in ASBK season 2023.

Image: Foremost Media.

McMartin Racing Ducati’s Josh Waters continued his 2023 Mi-Bike Australian Superbike Championship (ASBK) victory streak in Sydney, taking both race wins to hold a commanding advantage in the title-race after round two.

Waters emerged victorious in the opening Superbike encounter, as the race was brought to a premature end following a mechanical issue for reigning champion Mike Jones (Yamaha Racing Team).

Cru Halliday (Yamaha Racing Team) jumped to the early lead from pole, but Waters was at the head of the field come to the conclusion of lap one.

The number 21 was able to edge out an eight-tenth advantage, with the pair lapping in the low 1m29s bracket to clearly distance themselves from the rest of the field. With five laps to go the gap between Halliday and Waters closed to just two-tenths in what was shaping up to be a thrilling conclusion to the bout, before a technical issue from Jones’ bike occurred a lap later which ultimately saw it catch on fire once parked at the side of the track.

Jones was running a comfortable third at the time, but Troy Herfoss (Penrite Honda Racing) was awarded the position after recovering from outside of the top six. GT Racing BMW’s Glenn Allerton finished ahead of Bryan Staring (MotoGo Yamaha) for fourth, the pair locked in an intense battle throughout the race. In sixth and one second back from the number 67 was Arthur Sissis (Unitech Racing Yamaha).

Max Stauffer finished P7 after a strong start, leading Ted Collins (Livson Racing BMW), Broc Pearson (DesmoSport Ducati) and Matt Walters (Aprilia) who rounded out the top 10. Jones’ mechanical issue was the cause of the red flag and as a result, he scored no points from that outing.

Despite the track being declared dry ahead of the second race, the conditions were far from ideal at the start of the encounter with the track not completely free from water.

Allerton jumped to the early lead, with Halliday, Waters and Herfoss closing in, but after three laps the rain increased which brought out the red flags.

In the re-started eight-lap outing, Herfoss was edging away at the front early-on but ran wide at turn six, dropping to fifth. Halliday then ran wide at the same spot, allowing Waters to take the lead and from there the number 21 took charge at the front of the field and stormed to a 6.3s victory, slowing before the line to celebrate.

Herfoss was able to recover to second, leading Halliday in third by just under a second come race-end. A late charge from Sissis saw him fourth, two-tenths shy of a top-three as Allerton completed the top five after fighting hard to hold second throughout the mid-part of the race. Crossing the line in hot pursuit of the number 14 was Pearson in P6, as Collins, Stauffer, Staring and Jones completed the top 10.

Waters’ double race victory saw him comfortably take the overall ahead of Halliday, with the number 65’s pole position critical in securing him second overall ahead of Herfoss in third.

In terms of the championship standings, thanks to his five race victories to start the season Waters holds a commanding 35-point lead ahead of Herfoss, with Allerton in third a further eight points back. A disastrous round for reigning champion Jones sees him eighth in the title-race leaving Sydney, 62 points from Waters out in front.

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