SUNRAYSIA’s Nicholas Waters is raring to go for this weekend’s 2016 Pope Building Services Victorian Junior & Senior Dirt Track Championships at the State Motorcycle Sports Complex at Broadford on December 10-11.
Waters, 22, from Mildura, is hoping to win back-to-back state titles at the South Australian Dirt Track Championships in Victor Harbor claiming the 450cc and Pro Open titles early in September.
The Victorian Dirt Track Championships was originally scheduled in September but was called off due to rain. Nicholas recently took part in the Troy Bayliss Classic at the Melbourne Moto Expo in November 25-27.
Amazingly, Waters brothers Brodie, Nicholas, and Josh all finished first, second and third respectively.
“I went into the final as the leading point scorer, and Josh and Brodie had a crash in the first turn so the race got stopped and restarted. I didn’t get the best of starts in the re-run, and was running third. Brodie was leading and Jarrod Brooke was second. I got into second but Brodie got too much of a lead to pull him back but I just stayed in second for the race, and Josh, my oldest brother got third in the race,” Nicholas said.
“The state titles will be extremely hard on the weekend with few of the guys from Mildura, like Rohan Tegart, coming down for it. It’s going to be a big couple of days here,” he said.
Nick also recently competed in the 2016 Australian Dirt Track Championships in New South Wales in August. “It was good to ride all the classes that I competed in and to be able to mix it with all the young guys like Jarrod Brooke that have come up through the junior ranks and are really fast these days.
“In the A Finals, I was running third in the 250cc class for the whole race. I made a silly mistake coming off on the last turn and I just got pipped for third. I ended up fourth on a borrowed bike and I haven’t rode a 250cc for years so it was good fun,” Nick added.
He also finished second in the A Final of the Pro 450 class behind Luke Richards.
Nick will compete in the 450cc, 250cc and Pro Open classes this weekend. At last year’s Victorian Dirt Track Championships, at Albury-Wodonga in September, Nick took out the Over 450cc and MX Open classes.
“Being a racer, you only look at the one spot (the top spot of the podium). Daniel Wick (from New South Wales) will definitely be a dark horse. Whatever happens will happen but, hopefully, I can do a clean-sweep. It would really make my year,” Nick added.
On racing at Broadford’s State Motorcycle Sports Complex: “My whole family, Josh and Brodie, have pretty much grown up at Broadford racing dirt track. Although, in the last few years, I haven’t done many laps around there at all.
“It’ll be great fun to go back there and race on the track that I grew up on. It’s always been a great racing track,” he added.
Nick would like to thank Deakin Motorcycles and to Brodie Waters for helping build his engine.
The 2016 Pope Building Services Victorian Senior & Junior Dirt Track Championships will take place at Broadford’s State Motorcycle Sports Complex this weekend, November 10-11. For more information please visit: www.theharleyclubofvictoria.com.au.