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Victory for Assen Rookie Waters and Dickies at the Cathedral of Motorcycling

Victory for Assen Rookie Waters and Dickies at the Cathedral of Motorcycling

21st September 2014 - British Superbike Championship – Round 10, Assen, NetherlandsWaters pulls away in first position in race one

Josh Waters took his second British Superbike victory of the season for the Dickies sponsored Tyco Suzuki team earlier today, at Assen’s TT Circuit in the Netherlands – despite it being the Australian’s first ever appearance at the famous Dutch venue.

Waters backed up his first race win with a solid eighth place in race two, where his team-mate John Hopkins finished fifth. Hopper had been in the early hunt for podium honours, but struggled to hang onto the leading quartet after using the best of his tyres in the early laps.

In race one Waters came through from his fifth row grid spot to take a deserved victory aboard his Tyco Suzuki GSX-R1000. With rain falling just before the start, Waters’ crew made the correct tyre and set-up choice, which afforded him the confidence to carve his way through the pack.

A late battle with Ryuichi Kiyonari had the crowd on the edge of their seats, but the Aussie delivered the coup de grace on the final lap to retake the lead at the very end, in a hard fought victory.

Josh Waters said,

“I’m ‘rapt’ to have taken another win for Tyco Suzuki and the team sponsors and I really enjoyed the conditions. Coming here for the first time I’d have been happy with solid single figure top ten finishes but the boys really have perfected a top class wet weather set-up on the Tyco Suzuki GSX-R1000, and I just dug in, kept it upright and yeah, I’m really happy to get another BSB win. I made a poor start in race two and got caught up and maybe was a little frustrated, but I’m satisfied enough with my weekend’s work and we can take away a lot of positives.”

John Hopkins said,

“I’m really frustrated as I know I had the pace for the podium if not the win, but I really had to use up the best of my front tyre running deep into the turns to stay with the front four. Staying in the draft on the straights was pretty tough and once the front tyre went off, we were tucking the front everywhere and I couldn’t risk crashing. But we did what we could today and just have to regroup and look to Silverstone for that podium finish.”

Maurice Morton from Dickies said:

“A great gutsy win from Josh Waters in race one when he could so easily have settled for a finish in very difficult conditions. We also have to take into consideration it was his first time at Assen, which is no easy track to perfect, and eighth in race two is also a good effort considering he had a sluggish start.

“In race two it was great to see both the Suzuki riders battling well and with Josh at the front end in the dry with Kiyo and Shakey. Unfortunately he couldn’t turn it into a podium finish, but all of us at Dickies Europe are all looking forward to Silverstone in a fortnight.”