8th – Josh Waters
Average poll score out of ten: 6.2
Tyco TAS Racing
After a false start on the Milwaukee Yamaha in 2013, former Australian Superbike Champion Josh Waters earned a second shot at BSB with Tyco Suzuki in 2014 and took the chance to shine… albeit mostly when the skies turned grey.
Returning to the Suzuki machinery he enjoyed most success with down under, Waters should have been a natural fit on the familiar GSX-R1000 but the opening rounds met with no discernible improvement over the previous season, a best finish of tenth place coming from the opening four rounds.
However, Waters is a rider – much like several Aussies before him – that has established a reputation for his wet weather prowess, only it was a trait no-one had the opportunity to witness in 2013 given it rained just once at the end of the season. That said, no prizes for guessing where his best result of 2013 was achieved…
Fortunately for him, Mother Nature proved somewhat more tempestuous in 2014, giving him opportunity to prove himself in the wet more than once. His maiden victory at Brands Hatch was as accomplished as it was unexpected, but he would go on to follow that up with a second success at a greasy Assen – prevailing in an exciting last lap tussle with Ryuichi Kiyonari – and a second place at the Brands Hatch finale too.
To his credit, Waters' dry weather form improved during the second-half of the season too, with four top five finishes, and though the points' gained from those two wins somewhat flattered to deceive his eventual ninth place in the standings, he still had the measure of former title-challenging team-mate John Hopkins by the end of the season.
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2014 BSB Rider of the Year results so far:
9. Josh Brookes
10. Howie Mainwaring
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Rather than repeat the Riders' British Championship standings, the BSB Rider of the Year poll asks viewers to take into account factors such as machinery, performance relative to a team-mate, riding style, experience, injuries, progress and personality just as much as race results.
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BSB Rider of the Year poll, where viewers awarded each of the top twenty from this year's BSB standings with a mark out of ten.