Who is Josh Waters?


Full Name
 

Joshua Waters

DOB   24 January 1987
Resides   Mildura, Victoria
2015 Goals   Make it into the British Superbike top 6 Showdown
Career Goals   World Championship

  

Hailing from Mildura, Victoria, 27-year-old Josh Waters is achieving his dream of an international racing career.

2015  Josh will remain on the GSXR-1000 with the newly appointed Bolton based, Bennetts Suzuki Halsall Racing Team in the British Superbike Championship.

2014 saw Josh back on the machinery he was familiar with teaming up with the Tyco Suzuki on the GSXR-1000 for his second season in BSB.  Walking away with 3 podiums including two wins.  Josh also claimed a podium with Yoshimura at the Suzuka 8 hour.

2013 was Josh's debut year in the British Superbike Championship competing the main season with the Milwaukee Yamaha Racing Team and the showdown with Halsall Racing.  Josh also raced a few rounds of the World Endurance Championship with Yamaha Austria Racing Team and with the BMW Motorrad France team.

2012 saw Josh  again win the Australian Superbike Champion, a title he also won in 2009, his rookie year. After claiming the 2009 Australian Superbike Championship, 2010 looked to be the year that Waters would establish himself on the international circuit.  After a strong start to the year, including a clean sweep of the second round of the Australian Superbike Championship, Waters secured a test with the AMA Rockstar Makita Suzuki factory outfit. An impressive test resulted in a call up to fill in for an injured rider mid-season. Unfortunately, a crash while testing sidelined the young champion and ruled him out for the majority of the 2010 season.

Waters racing fortitude was demonstrated by his strong return to racing when he claimed a race win at the Superbike support race at the Australian MotoGP. Yoshimura Japan President Fujio Yoshimura then handpicked Waters to represent the Yoshimura Racing Team at the World Superbike opener.  Josh went on to race 3 rounds of the World Superbike Championship in 2011 and 3/4 of the Australian Superbike Championship.  As part of the Yoshimura Racing Team Josh competed for the first time at the Suzuka 8 hour in 2011.  In 2012 Josh again had the honour of competing for the Yoshimura Racing Team at Suzuka and was an absolute stand out throughout the Suzuka 8 hour endurance weekend..

In addition to his Superbike National Championships and 125GP National Championship the young Victorian also holds an incredible 24 Australian National Titles and over 60 State Titles from his dirt track background.

Waters started racing at age five and won his first National Title at age six. Waters got his first taste of road racing and international competition in 2000 when he contested the Malaysian round of the Underbone 110cc Asian Championship on a Suzuki. Competing against riders twice his age, the 13-year-old finished third, to make history as the youngest rider ever to stand on the podium at the Shah Alam circuit.

In 2001 Waters acquired his first 125GP bike and by 2003 had been crowned Australian 125GP Champion.

Waters joined Suzuki in 2007 competing in the Australian Supersport Championship aboard a Phil Tainton prepared GSX-R600. He finished third and second respectively in his first two years before stepping up to the Superbike in 2009.

Career Hightlights include:

 

  • 2014 9th Overall with Tyco Suzuki in the British Superbike Championship
  • 2014 2nd-   Suzuka 8 hour with Yoshimura Racing Team.
  • 2013 joined Milwaukee Yamaha to race the British Superbike Championship
  • 2013 joined Yamaha Austria Racing Team to compete in the World Endurance Championship
  • 2012 1st - Australian Superbike Championship
  • 2012 Impressive appearance at Suzuka 8 hour with Yoshimura Racing Team (unfortunate DNF for the team)
  • 2011 1st - Philip Island 8 hour Endurance with Team Suzuki Australia
  • 2011 5th - Australian Superbike Championship - raced 3/4 of the season
  • 2011 2nd - Suzuka 8 hour with Yoshimura Racing Team
  • 2011 3 rounds of World Superbike Championship with Yoshimura Racing Team
  • 2010 Tested with Rockstar Makita Suzuki (AMA Superbike)
  • 2009 1st – Australian Superbike Championship
  • 2008 2nd – Australian Supersport Championship
  • 2007 3rd – Australian Supersport Championship
  • 2006 6th – Australian Supersport Championship
  • 2005 4th – Australian Supersport Championship
  • 2004 5th – Australian Supersport Championship
  • 2004 2nd – WA Supersport State Championship
  • 2004 Wildcard entry in Phillip Island round of World 250GP Championship
  • 2003 Australian 125GP Champion
  • 2003 Wildcard entry in Philip Island round of World 125GP Championship
  • 2003 3rd – Macau 125GP
  • 2002 Stars of Tomorrow 125GP Champion
  • 2000 3rd – Malaysian round of the Underbone 110cc Asian Championship
  • 1993 - 2006 24 Australian Dirt Track and Long Track Championships (Junior & Senior levels)
  • 1993 - 2006 Over 60 State Dirt Track and Long Track titles (Junior & Senior levels)

 

 

What is Superbike Racing?

Superbike racing is a category of motorcycle racing that employs modified production motorcycles. Superbike World Championship is the international superbike championship, and national superbike championships are held in many countries as well, including the United Kingdom, the United States, Japan, Canada and Australia.

Superbike racing is very popular with manufacturers, since it helps promote and sell their product, as captured by the slogan "Win on Sunday; Sell on Monday". (Wikipedia, 2011)

Superbike Racing in Australia is renowned for producing some of the worlds greatest motorcycle rider’s as well as some of the world’s best racing. In recent years the profile of the sport has grown throughout Australia as the racing has taken place in almost every state. With Rounds in Western Australia, Northern Territory, Queensland, Victoria and Tasmania the sport has gained more recognition than ever before.