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Double Pole and Top 6 For Dickies Sponsored Tyco Suzuki at Donington Park

Double Pole and Top 6 For Dickies Sponsored Tyco Suzuki at Donington Park

Josh Waters at Donington ParkTyco Suzuki riders John Hopkins and Josh Waters, who are sponsored by Dickies, took a pole position apiece during the weekend’s British Superbike action at Donington Park, with the Australian taking the best of the finishing places with sixth in race one and fifth in race two at the Leicestershire venue.


Waters currently holds ninth place in the British Superbike Championship standings but closed the gap on James Ellison, in eighth, to just thirteen points.

Josh Waters followed: “I’m disappointed that I didn’t make more of the pole position lap in race two, but I let myself get bashed up a bit on that first lap and had to come back from seventh position. But overall I’m happy with the weekend. We’re now starting to get inside that top six regularly and today I believe I could have run in the battle for the final podium spot. But it’s coming together and we’re at the sharp end and I’m learning all the time. I’m really enjoying riding the Tyco Suzuki GSX-R1000 and although I’ve never been to Assen before, I’m sure come qualifying time we’ll be good.”


John Hopkins’ misfortune continues to affect his progress. Starting from pole position in race one, he was shuffled down to sixth place before an early safety car deployment; after which Hopper crashed at the Melbourne Loop, leaving him to negotiate a seventh row grid position for race two.

To give respect where respect is due, Hopkins fought back from 19th place at the end of lap one to finish just inside the top ten in ninth position after 20 tough laps on the 2.4-mile Donington Park circuit.

John Hopkins followed: “I lost a couple of places early on in race one and was unsettled; then I made some silly mistakes and lost more positions. After that I struggled to get the rhythm going and the pace car came out. I got my head down and got things going again, but I made a stupid mistake going into the Melbourne Loop, lost the front and that ruined our day – as we had to start from the back of grid in race two. I did everything I could but burned my tyre up in the first half of the race, which meant I was just skating around in the last five laps. This whole last part of the season takes us to tracks I like, so we’re still on the hunt for that first podium, starting at Assen.”


Taylor Mackenzie also suffered bad luck in today’s second Supersport race, getting taken out in a nasty incident on the start/finish straight just after the race had been started. Thankfully only slightly hurt, TMac will look to redeem himself at Assen in two weeks’ time.

Taylor Mackenzie stated: “I’m a bit battered and bruised after that incident, but it could have been a lot worse. I made a mistake in Saturday’s race, which cost me an opportunity to be battling for a podium, and today – well there was nothing we could do about that. All I can do is regroup and come back stronger at Assen.”

Maurice Morton, Sales and Marketing Director at Dickies, said: “There’s no hiding the fact that the team was certainly expecting more in terms of results after taking two pole positions this weekend.

John got bashed up a bit in the early laps of race one and it unsettled him and he made a mistake, so the wait continues for that first podium, but his qualifying pace proves he has the ingredients – he just needs to string it all together.

Josh Waters again did what we asked of him taking points in the top six. To put the Tyco Suzuki GSX-R1000 on pole position for race two was very impressive, but being his first in BSB probably unnerved him a little – although he recovered well and did a solid job.”

It was a memorable weekend for Dickies’ other sponsored rider Chris Walker, who rode his Kawasaki into the Top 6 Showdown. Chris currently stands 5th in the Championship.