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TODD WATERS FINISHES FOURTH AT TIMARU

Words: Owlpine Group

Todd Waters has finished fourth overall at Round 1 of the 2017 New Zealand Motocross Championships following a bike issue that ruled him out of qualifying at Timaru on Sunday.

HIGHLIGHTS

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

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TIMAURU RECAP

The Pleasant Point track in Canterbury hosted a series of local and international riders for the opening round of the New Zealand Championships.

Waters was unable to participate in Practice and Qualifying due to a bike issue, and regulations almost meant he missed the Round.

Team Yamaha tried protesting and officials were not going to let Waters race, but event promoters gave him a wildcard to take part in the round.

“THIS WEEKEND WAS A LITTLE BIT OF A STRUGGLE, WE STARTED OUT WITH A BIKE PROBLEM SO I DIDN’T GET A LAP IN WHICH WAS A BIT OF A DISASTER AND IT DIDN’T LOOK LIKE I WAS GOING TO QUALIFY.”

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Waters was able to take part in the first Moto where he finished 4th.

Climbing through the field after crashing out in Moto 2, Waters finished 6th.

“WE WERE ON THE BACK FOOT STRAIGHT AWAY AND I DIDN’T HAVE ANY TIME ON THE TRACK. I CAME OUT 4TH AND WAS TRYING TO MAKE A PASS FOR 3RD BUT ENDED UP DROPPING IT AND SALVAGED A 4TH PLACE FINISH. MOTO 2 THE SAME THING HAPPENED AND I HAD TO COME BACK FROM OUTSIDE THE TOP TEN UP TO 6TH AND IT WAS A BIT OF A LETDOWN.”

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Waters’ best ride of the weekend arose in the final moto where he raced to second.

“IT WAS GOOD TO FINISH ON A LITTLE BIT OF A HIGH, WE GOT A GOOD START AND RODE CONSISTENT TO FINISH OFF SECOND AND FROM THAT WE WERE 4TH OVERALL. IT’S DEFINITELY NOT WHERE I WANT TO BE OR WHERE I SHOULD BE BUT THAT’S HOW IT GOES SOMETIMES. WE SALVAGED SOME POINTS BUT AT THE END OF THE DAY WE ARE THERE TO IMPROVE AND WORK ON THE BIKE, HOPEFULLY THE TEAM AND I CAN LEARN FROM IT AND MOVE FORWARD FOR THE NEXT ROUND.”

Round 2 of the 2017 New Zealand Motocross Championships will be held on February 19th at Rotorua.

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TIMAURU MX 1 RESULTS

Moto 1 – Postion 4
Moto 2 – Position 6
Moto 3 – Position 2

ROUND OVERALL

1 – Cody Cooper – 70
2 – Dean Ferris – 65
3 – Rhys Carter – 62
4 – Todd Waters – 55
5 – Jesse Dobson – 46