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Todd Waters to Race in NZ

Woodville & MX Champs

maddix park mx

This season's New Zealand Motocross Championships was always going to be a hotly-contested affair, but the temperatures now being forecast have just gone off the chart.

The Mount Maunganui-based MC2 Suzuki Racing Team has announced this week that it will welcome international star Todd Waters to its already powerful MX1 class rider line-up to race at the New Zealand Motocross Grand Prix at Woodville on January 31 and in the four-round New Zealand Motocross Championships series that follows in February and March                

The 25-year-old Australian hero, who has spent the past two seasons racing the World Motocross Championships in Europe, finishing with a world ranking of No.9 last year, will cross the Tasman from his base on the Gold Coast to join Taupo's Brad Groombridge and Argentine racer Joaquin Fernandez in the MC2 Suzuki squad. 

Originally from Cairns, in North Queensland, Waters is no stranger to the New Zealand motocross community, having raced here with much success in 2013, but he returns here now with immense GP experience. 

"I love New Zealand, the people and the tracks. I'm really looking forward to racing there again," said Waters, with Europe now behind him as he moves on to a new phase in his career. 

"Racing is also good preparation for me racing in the Australian Motocross Championships later in the year. The New Zealand riders are super-fast in their own country and (New Zealand MX1 champion) Cody Cooper seems to be unbeatable in his own country. We'll have to see about that.

"I've been riding the new Suzuki RM-Z450 since December last year and I'm feeling very comfortable on it. I raced for Suzuki in 2012, so it is exciting to be back on board one."

Simon Meade, Suzuki New Zealand's GM of motorcycle and ATV marketing, said he was thrilled to be able to put the deal together. 

"He will certainly strengthen what is already a very promising team for Woodville and the nationals," he said from his Whanganui office. 

Manager of the MC2 Suzuki Racing Team, Bay of Plenty's multi-time former national champion Andrew Hardisty, was also excited about the announcement.  

"It's electrifying news, not only for Suzuki, but also for the entire MX1 class of riders in New Zealand, to have a rider of his calibre on the starting gate this season.

"Suzuki has already proven it is a championship contender and having Todd, riding alongside Brad and Joaquin, it gives us great confidence as we head into the championship season." 

For further information contact Simon Meade, General Manager of Motorcycle / ATV Marketing, [email protected].

 

Words and photo courtesy of Andy McGechan, BikesportNZ.com

 
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