Waters completes swap with Bridewell at Halsall Kawasaki

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Deposed British Superbike rider Josh Waters will join the Halsall Kawasaki squad for the remainder of the 2013 BSB season, swapping places with Tommy Bridewell, whose move to the Milwaukee Yamaha team cost Waters his position with that team before the last round.

Waters will ride for the team for the last two rounds of the season, but both team boss Martin Halsall and the Australian have expressed interest in extending the deal for next season too.

“Josh is a rider that comes with a very strong racing pedigree having secured two Australian Superbike titles.  His recent performance at the Le Mans twenty-four hour demonstrated his capability further and he could have easily gone on to a podium had the team not suffered mechanical issue.  His performance impressed me greatly with outstanding lap times on the BMW S1000RR, which he had not ridden previously” said Halsall.

“Since our ride became available, there have been a number of approaches which I have assessed carefully.  I had only come to know Josh in recent months and very much liked what he was about.  I believe with a strong team behind him and the performance of the Kawasaki which we have shown to be a leading contender, I wanted to give Josh an option for the remaining rounds, with a view to extending for next season also."

Waters said that after an initial meeting with Halsall, he was impressed with the philosophy of the team, saying that it reminded him of the atmosphere in his Australian team with which he took two national titles.

“I am really grateful for the opportunity that Martin has given me to ride the Kawasaki for the remaining two rounds of the season.  For me personally I want to simply focus on the future, staying in BSB and working with a leading team.  Martin has produced a bike capable of running at the front and winning the championship next season. The rest is down to me and I am determined to make this work.”

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Simon Patterson

By Simon Patterson

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