8 January 2015
Valentine: We haven’t seen the best of Josh Waters
Jack Valentine has great faith in Josh Waters and Christian Iddon after signing them to his 2015 British Superbike line-up.
Halsall Suzuki manager Jack Valentine believes we are yet to see the best of Josh Waters or Christian Iddon after signing them to his team for the 2015 MCE British Superbike Championship.
This week saw the confirmation that Waters and Iddon would form Halsall's expanded rider line-up for the 2015 season, its first since announcing it would assume Suzuki's factory interest in the BSB from BMW-bound TAS Racing.
Though he was signed before Halsall secured its deal with Suzuki, Waters comes to the team having already spent a season on the GSX-R1000 with TAS Racing in 2014, picking up two wins in the damp at Brands Hatch and Assen.
Indeed, the Australian has developed a reputation for his wet weather prowess, but while he is yet to secure a BSB podium in dry conditions, Valentine is confident Waters is a rider who has a lot more to give in 2015.
“I think 100 per cent that we have not seen the full potential of Josh Waters,” he told Crash.net. “He is a great rider, he has been on the podium at the Suzuka 8 Hours, which is no mean feat, and I am hoping that with some good pre-season testing under our belts and some hard, aggressive riding from the word go, it will be good.
“If Josh had been scoring points regularly at the beginning of the season, he would have been in the Showdown. He had a couple of wins in damp conditions, but it shows how good he is at handling a bike and even in the dry he was in the top six towards the end of the season.
“We just need to concentrate on the pre-season preparation, get the miles and making sure the riders are happy so when we come to the first round we are focused on racing. The results have always come by doing that.”
Similarly, Valentine is confident Iddon – who has raced in World Supersport and World Superbikes the last two seasons – now has an ideal platform to make an impression on the BSB.
“He is an experienced rider, a natural rider – he has shown what he can do on a Supermoto bike, so he won't be frightened to let it hang out a bit. Last year with the Bimota, which was a difficult package, he had various issues but he showed his maturity, got stuck in and got decent results on it. He has got potential and I don't think we have seen the best of Christian Iddon yet either.”
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