Team Suzuki Press Office – January 15.
Team Suzuki ECSTAR Australia will return to the racetrack with a two-rider line-up next month in the 2018 Australian Superbike Championship with reigning champion Josh Waters and new rider Markus Chiodo aboard Phil Tainton Racing-prepared Suzuki GSX-R1000R machinery.
After a fairy tale 2017 season for the newly-formed team and late editions to the championship, Waters was able to quickly develop the all-new GSX-R1000 Superbike into a winner, taking five race wins and ultimately securing his third premier class title.
Said Waters: “Last year was unbelievable, to return home and go racing with a completely new team and motorcycle and to be able to win the championship definitely exceeded our expectations. I’m really looking forward to defending the title on my Team Suzuki ECSTAR Australia GSX-R1000R, it’s not going to be easy but we’re looking forward to the challenge and hopefully come away being the first rider to win four premier class titles.”
Joining Waters will be Supersport sensation Markus Chiodo. After a series of strong performances last year, Chiodo was an obvious choice and will bring youth, enthusiasm and exciting new talent to the expanding team.
“I’m really excited to make my Superbike class debut this year with Team Suzuki ECSTAR Australia” Chiodo said. “It’s going to be a steep learning curve for sure, but I have a great team behind me, the current champion as a team-mate and the best motorcycle out there. I can’t wait to get the season started.”
Team Suzuki ECSTAR Australia will take to the track for the pre-season official test at the iconic Phillip Island circuit January 30-31st before the season-opener on February 22-25th, which will run in conjunction with the World Superbike round.
2018 Australian Superbike Championship Dates:
Round 1 – WSBK, Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit VIC, February 22 – 25
Round 2 – Wakefield Park Raceway, Goulburn NSW, March 16 – 18
Round 3 – The Bend Motorsport Park, Tailem Bend, SA, April 19 – 22
Round 4 – Hidden Valley Raceway, Darwin NT, June 28 – 1 July
Round 5 – Morgan Park Raceway, Warwick QLD, August 17 – 19
Round 6 – Winton Motor Raceway, Benalla, VIC, September 7 – 9
Round 7 – Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit, VIC, October 12 – 14