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TODD WATERS FINISHES THIRD AT ROUGH ROTORUA

Words: Owlpine Group

Todd Waters has finished third overall at a muddy second round of the 2017 New Zealand Motocross Championships at Rotorua on Sunday.

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Todd finished 3rd in Moto 2.
  • Todd finished 2nd in Moto 3.
  • Todd finished third overall for the Round.

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ROTORUA RECAP

In battling the wet and challenging conditions, Waters managed to reach the podium and claim a series of Championship Points.

“OVERALL IT WAS A PRETTY CONSISTENT AND CONSERVATIVE DAY FOR MYSELF BUT WE GOT TO LAND OURSELVES ON THE BOX FOR THIRD OVERALL WHICH IS A POSITIVE. IT WAS GOOD TO GRAB SOME POINTS FOR THE CHAMPIONSHIP EVEN WHEN THE DAY WASN’T THE BEST.”

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Moto 1 saw Waters reach the front before he was taken out and he had to climb back to the front on the tight track.

“FIRST RACE WE GOT OFF TO A GOOD START AND SITTING IN THIRD PLACE I MADE A PASS FOR SECOND ON KAYNE LAMONT AND TWO CORNERS LATER HE PUT BOTH OF US ON THE GROUND SO I HAD TO PICK IT UP AND COME FROM OUTSIDE THE TOP 5 TO SALVAGE 4TH. IT WAS A HARD RACE AND VERY ONE LINED SO YOU HAD TO BE PRETTY CONSERVATIVE AND CONSISTENT WITH YOUR LAPS.”

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Waters finished 3rd in a steady Moto 2 and had the best lap and race of his day in Moto 3 where he finished 2nd.

“IN THE SECOND RACE I GOT OFF TO AN ALRIGHT START, AND FINISHED 3RD WHICH IS REALLY ALL I HAD WHILE THE REST OF THE FIELD RODE REALLY WELL. THE FINAL MOTO I STARTED FOURTH AND WORKED MY WAY THROUGH INTO SECOND AND RODE MUCH BETTER THAT RACE AND LOOSENED UP AND CAUGHT THE LEAD AND FINISHED 2ND. MY PACE WAS A LOT BETTER THAT RACE AND I HAD THE FASTEST LAP TIME AND GOT MYSELF 3RD OVERALL FOR THE DAY.”

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Water’s finishing position at the Rotoura round means that he is now sitting 3rd in the New Zealand Motocross Championships.

“I WAS HAPPY TO GET ON THE BOX ON SUCH A MUDDY RACE DAY BECAUSE NORMALLY IT CAN TURN PRETTY PEAR SHAPED VERY QUICKLY. HAPPY TO GET SOME POINTS TOWARDS THE CHAMPIONSHIP AND JUST FOCUS ON THESE NEXT TWO ROUNDS AND HOPEFULLY BRING HOME A GOOD POSITION. NEED TO TAKE MY HAT OFF TO CANNON SMITH, VOLKSWAGEN, HONDA NZ & AUSTRALIA, JAY FOREMAN, ALPINESTARS, CAIRNS COCONUT HOLIDAY RESORT AND BERRY SWEET STRAWBERRY FARM, WITHOUT THEM I WOULDN’T BE ABLE TO HAVE SUCH SOLID PRE-SEASON TESTING AND RACING IN NEW ZEALAND.”

Round 3 of the 2017 New Zealand Motocross Championships will be held on March 12th in Himatangi at the Manawatu Orion Motorcycle Club.

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ROTORUA MX 1 RESULTS

Moto 1 – Position 4
Moto 2 – Position 3
Moto 3 – Position 2

ROUND OVERALL

1. Cody Cooper – 69
2. Dean Ferris – 61
3. Todd Waters – 60
4. Luke Styke – 59
5. Kade Mosig – 48