Moneymore-based TAS Racing team manager Philip Neill has added young Australian Josh Waters to his 2014 British Superbike line-up at Tyco Suzuki, ending any further speculation whether he would continue with Aussie Josh Brookes and young American PJ Jacobsen.
Waters, who is a double Australian Superbike champion, will join former MotoGP rider John Hopkins – runner up in the 2011 BSB series – at Tyco Suzuki for the 2014 BSB season. The 27-year-old lifted the 2009 and 2012 Australian Superbike titles on GSX-R Suzuki machinery and was also a podium finisher at Suzuka with the Yoshimura Suzuki team in 2011.
He made his British Superbike debut this year with Milwaukee Yamaha, but struggled to adapt to Yamaha’s R1 bike. He moved across to Kawasaki machinery for the remaining two rounds with the Halsall team; a fourth place at Brands Hatch giving us a glimpse of his obvious pedigree.
Delighted to be joining TAS Racing, Waters, on a flying visit to Moneymore, said: “I am really happy and excited to be joining Tyco Suzuki for 2014. I’ve spent a lot of years riding Suzuki machinery and every year I was with them, they were very successful for me.
“TAS Suzuki is a team I've followed for many years and it goes without saying, Hector and Philip Neill run a great outfit. I can't wait to start testing on the GSX-R1000 Superbike for the 2014 season and I’m looking forward to partnering John Hopkins in the Tyco Suzuki set-up.”
Philip Neill said: “We had a great three years with Josh Brookes and this season we also gave PJ Jacobsen a great platform to build his career on, but things change very fast in this business, and I’m delighted to welcome Josh Waters into our team for 2014.
“Josh really is the ideal candidate for us at Tyco Suzuki, having spent seven years racing GSX-R machinery in Australia, in addition to two very successful outings at the Suzuka 8-Hour with Yoshimura Suzuki.
“I have known Josh since 2009 and now we finally have the opportunity to work together, so I'd like to formally welcome him to Tyco Suzuki. I'm confident we haven't seen the best of Josh Waters and everyone at Tyco Suzuki will be working hard to ensure he has the tools to demonstrate exactly what he is capable of in 2014.”
Next year's Metzeler Ulster Grand Prix dates have been confirmed as August 11-16.
The main Bike Week events are practice sessions on Wednesday, August 13, Dundrod 150 national
road races on Thursday 14th and the international Ulster Grand Prix on Saturday 16th.
Clerk of the Course Noel Johnston said: “We’re pleased to be able to confirm the 2014 dates a little earlier than usual as we’ve been receiving enquiries from fans since the last event finished.
“At this time of year riders are still chopping and changing teams, but rest assured that by the time August comes around we will have a line up of the world’s best road racers competing at Dundrod.”
l A who’s who of motorcycle racing personalities will take part in a VIP riders’ chat show to launch the 2013 Armoy Road Races DVD at the Hedges restaurant, near Stranocum in County Antrim on Friday, November 15.
In attendance will be former Moto GP, 500cc and 250cc world championship rider Jeremy McWilliams, Ryan Farquhar, the Dunlop brothers, William and Michael, along with cousins Paul Robinson and Sam Dunlop, William Davison, Michael Sweeney and renowned World Sidecar Champion Tim Reeves.
Armoy Clerk of the Course Bill Kennedy said:”This is a ‘must-attend’ event for road racing fans, having all these top names in one room. There’s also a light supper and music for only £5.”