2014 British Superbike Championship – Round 12

Josh Waters took second place for Tyco Suzuki during the opening race of the British Superbike triple-header earlier today at Brands Hatch. The Australian narrowly missed out on his second victory of the season on the Kent GP circuit by a miniscule 4/100ths of a second, but will start from pole position in tomorrow’s second race after setting the fastest lap.

Waters came through from 14th on the grid in the wet and greasy conditions, which is testament to the progress he has made this season in the British Superbike Championship with Tyco Suzuki. His British Supersport team-mate Taylor Mackenzie took a creditable fifth place in similar conditions during today’s 10-lap sprint race on the team’s GSX-R600. The Scottish rider will start from eighth place on row three for tomorrow’s longer feature race on the closing day of the 2014 season.

Josh Waters:
“We were so close to grabbing another win here at Brands Hatch but Howie just got the edge on me to the line. We had to come through from a tough grid position but we have pole position for tomorrow, and wet or dry, I really want another podium or two here at Brands to finish the season on a high. Thanks to the Tyco Suzuki boys for a big effort as always; it’s nice to give them a positive start to the final weekend of the year.”

Taylor Mackenzie:
“I’m happy with that. The game plan was to make a good start and just consolidate my position to give ourselves the best possible grid position for tomorrow. The conditions were tricky but the Tyco Suzuki GSX-R600 worked well and fifth place is not a bad result. Let’s see if we can jump a place or two higher tomorrow to finish the year with a bang.”

Philip Neill – Team Manager:

“Another great effort from Josh today and he did everything he could to try and win that race. To come from a sixth row grid spot, have to avoid hitting Shakey when he crashed then re-group to fight for the win shows the lad’s desire and pole position is a great bonus fortomorrow. Taylor also put in a strong performance in Supersport, with both men again showing the strength and adaptability of the GSX-R package in both classes.”

British Superbike Championship, Brands Hatch, race one result:

Howie Mainwaring (Kawasaki)
Josh Waters (Tyco Suzuki) +0.047s
Jon Kirkham (Kawasaki) +2.390s
Dan Linfoot (Kawasaki) +4.297s
Tommy Bridewell (Yamaha) +14.219s
Stuart Easton (Kawasaki) +20.018s
James Ellison (Kawasaki) +20.156s
Josh Brookes (Yamaha) +21.737s
James Westmoreland (BMW) +22.337s
Chris Walker (Kawasaki) +30.339s