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Oulton Park

In the latest edition of his blog, Australian Superbike champion and 2013 British Superbike rookie Josh Waters reviews Monday's third round at Oulton Park...
Hi everyone! Let me fill you in on how Oulton Park went for me. As it was Bank Holiday weekend here in the UK the meeting started a day later than normal and we raced on the public Holiday Monday.

That worked out great, as earlier during the week I was lucky enough to be looked after with a Camper for the rest of the year. A big thank you to "Owen Bros" for helping me out there.

They said the crowds would be big this weekend and they were right, it was a great to see so many people there and great to see British Motorcycle racing with such a good following.

The week before I was able to do a track day at Oulton and it was great to cut some laps at another circuit. The only downer for that day was I had another crash, the same as at Thruxton. It can affect your confidence but you have to ride above it and dust yourself off and get back on board, which is exactly what I did.

Free Practice 1 was really wet and with weather predictions for the weekend saying it was going to be great, no one really went out. I really would've liked if it wasn't wet, but one thing I have learnt is that the weather is so unpredictable here. So I had to wait for Free Practice 2 to ride in the dry, as I really wanted to try and get some feeling back with the bike.

The session went ok, but my feeling wasn't great, which meant we had a lot of work to do overnight in order to have a constructive plan for day two.

We woke to perfect weather and implemented the changes from the day before. Free Practice 3 went ok and the changes we made helped in some places, but not in others. Unfortunately Qualifying didn't go completely as planned and it was very frustrating to only make it to session two and no further, which meant that once more, my crew and I sat down and planned on how to gain me confidence for the actual races.

Race 1 was always going to be tough after changing the bike a lot to try and get more feel. That said, the race was going better for me. I was catching the group battling for eighth, but then made a mistake and ran off.

I'll always be the first to admit if it was my fault and on this instance it was. However, I was now more confident for race two as my feeling with the bike was the best it had been all weekend.

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Josh Waters Milwaukee Yamaha - Ian Hopgood Photography
Jake Dixon, RAF Reserves Kawasaki [Credit: MSV BSB Media]
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Josh Brookes, Anvil Hire Yamaha, [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
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Luke Mossey, JG Speedfit Kawasaki, [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Peter Hickman, Smiths BMW [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
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Sylvain Guintoli, Bennetts Suzuki [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
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Dan Linfoot, Honda Racing [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Alastair Seeley, Tyco BMW [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Lee Jackson, Smiths Racing BMW [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Haslam, Byrne, Mossey, [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Shane Byrne, Be Wiser Ducati, [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Leon Haslam, JG Speedfit Kawasaki [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Leon Haslam, JG Speedfit Kawasaki [Credit: Ian Hopgood]

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Ian S - Unregistered

May 14, 2013 8:57 PM

"useless" is he? Just like all those other useless Aussies like Bayliss, Corser, Stoner, Gardner etc etc that came to race in the UK. Give the man a chance. He's in a new team, on an unfamiliar bike riding on circuits he's never seen before and that are nothing like those in Australia.

Brad48 - Unregistered

May 25, 2013 11:27 AM

Not sure why I was surprised to see there are ******* commenting on these forums, like most other forums. Anyway - good on you Josh, the local boys are going to have their work cut out for them as the year goes on, especially when you're back at the tracks for a second time. Let it dance!!!

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