MILDURA’s Josh Waters says he is still pinching himself after taking out his second Australian Superbike Championship.
His win of the 2012 season’s final round at Queensland Raceway was the 25-year-old’s first title since his rookie year in 2009.
Waters only had to finish in fifth place overall for the weekend’s meet to ensure he left the country’s north with the title in hand.
The speed demon was rapt to clinch the title, but described winning the championship after finishing so low as a “weird feeling”.
“It was my worst round, but I knew I didn’t have to go full bore,” he said.
“In the first race, the guy that was in second needed to win, but he didn’t.
“I was still nervous though.
“I felt that if I needed to go, I could (race at my hardest), but it was best just do what was needed.
“This time I placed a lot more pressure on myself to get the job done, but my team were really supportive.”
Waters has now completed his first full season at Team Suzuki since 2009.
In 2010, the Mildura product’s season was interrupted after a horrifying crash in the US, which saw him placed in an induced coma after suffering severe concussion and a punctured lung.
Returning to the hot seat in 2011, Waters tested himself on the international circuit for Yoshimura Suzuki in the prestigious Suzuka 8-Hour endurance race (coming second) and in the US leg of the World Superbike Series.
After taking out the title this year, the two-time Australian champion said he was keen to race overseas on a more permanent basis next year.
“I want to head overseas next year, but I want to be able to go to the best possible team I can,” he said.
“I like racing in America.
“Yoshimura Suzuki have supported me so far and hopefully they will into the future.”
Waters said he would also take confidence from what was arguably his career best ride at the Suzuka Eight-Hour this year. He scored pole position before the bike faced mechanical problems late in the race.
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