EUROPE. For Australian Todd Waters the chance to return to the MXGP series is a dream come true. Waters raced two seasons in the MXGP championship and finished 23rd in 2014 after picking up a mid-season injury and missing more than half the season, and ninth in 2015, scoring a podium finish and really showing improvement as a racer.
Having signed for the HRC factory team, as a replacement for injured Brian Bogers, and more matured and experienced, the Aussie will arrive in Latvia this weekend with another shot at the toughest motocross series in the world.
“It is a good track for us,” Waters said about Latvia. “We are looking forward to it. The biggest thing is the new starts, the mesh. It has been in for a couple of years, but I left before it came in. A lot of new things to get used to. It is a familiar track, and the team has been awesome. We have a test coming up before Latvia and we will work towards getting comfortable on the bike and see what we can do from there.”
Always wanting to become a motocross world champion, since he was a young boy, Waters will need some rounds before he feels he is capable of running with the likes of Jeffrey Herlings, Antonio Cairoli and Clement Desalle, but he is confident podium finishes will eventually come.
“I believe I was a top five guy and I proved that in 2015, and that is my goal. I know the guys and I also know new guys are in there. It is a stacked top ten, and I have been racing in Australia with the one race format. I am prepared, not where I would like to be, but I am better prepared than my first year here when I was getting fifth and sixth place finishes. I had no idea what was going on back then, so mentally I am more prepared.”
So now onto Latvia for the Australian, and a chance to join his fellow Aussies, Jed Beaton and Hunter Lawrence in the sunshine and excitement of the 2018 FIM Motocross World Championship. With a solid performance as his main goal, and to learn all he can about how tough the MXGP class is in 2018, you can be sure a top ten result is more than possible.
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