Josh Waters is beginning to shake off his tag as a wet weather specialist after another impressive weekend at Silverstone on the Tyco Suzuki.

Waters finished seventh in race one and improved to fifth in the second race at the penultimate Showdown round to give the Northern Ireland team something to smile about after another miserable weekend for John Hopkins, who failed to finish either race.

The Australian rider has been making steady progress this season and has now set his sights higher as the campaign reaches a climax at Brands Hatch in two weeks' time.

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"If you had offered me a top five finish in the dry at the start of the season I would have been peaking, but where we are now I want podiums and I could see it right in front of me in that second race," Waters said.

"I can't fault the team or the GSX-R1000 it was superb today; the boys did a great job and my lap times were more consistent in race two.

"I'm pleased with top five but I want to keep making progress and we can hopefully push on again at Brands Hatch for the final round."