Despite only fielding one rider at round two of the Motul MX Nationals this weekend, Wilsons Coolair Motul Factory Suzuki had plenty of reason to celebrate at Appin today, with Todd Waters putting on an impressive performance to wrap up the round in third position on the Thor MX1 podium.
From the minute Waters hit the track this morning, it was evident that the combination of his speed, and and the Suzuki machine were going to be a force to be reckoned with at round two. And after qualifying in first position, Waters backed it up again in GoPro Superpole, taking the victory with an incredible 1:40.295 lap time.
With first pick of the grid for race one this afternoon, Waters got to a middle pack start, before fighting through and launching into the race lead. After 30 gruelling minutes on the rough and rutty Appin circuit, Waters dropped back slightly to finish in third place at the conclusion of the moto.
In race two, Waters upped his game once again, battling hard with his fellow Thor MX1 competitors, to eventually wrap up moto two in an impressive second position.
With two podium finishes to his name across the course of round 2 at Appin, Waters wrapped up today's racing in third overall, as well as making up valuable positions in the Thor MX1 Championship standings, with Waters now sitting in an impressive third place on 119 points.
Todd Waters Thor MX1 (3rd, 2nd) 3rd Overall
I was a bit bummed with my first race to tell you the truth. I started the day off well taking the win in Superpole so I knew my speed was there, I just needed to get off the line well, but I sort of blew the start in the first moto, he said.
I pushed my way through and got in to the lead and I started to settle in there, then Gibbsy got on to the back of me and I sort of just lost my head a bit.
My fitness is super good, and the bike is running perfectly, so in that first race it was all up to me and my headspace. In the second race I regrouped and managed to get on to the back of Brett Metcalfe but I just ran out of time.
Overall Im very happy. We are constantly moving forward with the bike, and with the team and myself also, so this is what we want consistent rides, and then hit the halfway mark in the series and put the hammer down.
My Suzuki is working very well, we made a few changes with Jay Foreman coming in to round two, and Im really happy with the bike at the moment. Im just going to go home, do my homework and see what I can do at round 3.
Neale Wilson Wilson Coolair Motul Factory Suzuki Team Manger
Wow, what a day, we really couldnt be happier, he said.
Being a new team, we have worked very hard to get our package to where we want it, and its days like this that it really pays off. Todd rode very well in both races he rode smart, and thats what wins championships.
We have such a fantastic team to work with, as well as a number of very dedicated sponsors - the list is too long to even mention, so its a great reward for them to have Todd finish on the podium, especially in such a talent packed MX1 class.
Next round will be at Broadford, and were hoping by that stage well have Luke back racing too, but all in all today we just couldnt be happier, and were all looking forward to seeing what we can achieve at the next round.
Wilson Coolair Motul Factory Suzuki will now begin preparations for round three of the 2016 Motul MX Nationals being held at Broadford in Victoria on Sunday May 1.