Tyco boss: Waters win couldn't have come at a better time

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With Josh Waters taking the top step in race two at Brands Hatch at this weekend’s MCE British Superbike event, it marks the end of a podium drought that stretches back to the last race of 2013 for the Tyco Suzuki team.

However, with the team working hard to continue development of the now six year old Suzuki GSX-R 1000, team boss Philip Neill says that the win couldn’t come at a better time, in order to highlight that the machine remains competitive.

“It’s a crucial time of the year now for all the teams and riders; all the thoughts and all the talking for 2015 are starting to happen now. We’ve been under a wee bit of pressure in recent weeks, and a lot of people have been coming at me to see what the team’s next move was going to be.”

“For us as a team, we’re over the moon, because we know that there’s nothing wrong with the motorbike. We’ve always had a good ability as a team to find a good wet set-up – we’ve now won the last four wet races in BSB – and Josh didn’t just win race two, it was annihilation. He came from tenth place, and just made the passes he was making, on people like Shakey and Kiyo, and just made them look easy.”

“Josh totally deserves all the credit he gets for the win, but we have to give some credit to the old GSXR and the boys in the team as well, because the setup of the bike was spot on. What we did do in the race, though, was take a little bit of a gamble; when we saw it was starting to rain, we went three quarters of the way with the wet set-up in the garage before the bike left; we knew the five minute window on the grid wouldn’t be enough time. If it hadn’t continued raining we might have been in a spot of bother!”

Simon Patterson

By Simon Patterson

MotoGP and road racing reporter, photographer, videographer