Team Suzuki Press Office – November 20.

Motul Pirelli Suzuki riders Todd Waters and Steven Clarke wrapped up a fast-paced 2012 Australian Supercross Championship season at the team’s home round at Newcastle Showground at the weekend, finishing sixth and fourth in their respective titles.

Waters was again in fine form aboard the 2013 model fuel-injected RM-Z450 in the premier Pro Open category at Newcastle, winning his heat race comfortably before challenging for the podium during the gruelling 20-lap Main Event.

After holeshotting the Main Event and leading early in the opening lap, Waters came together with title contender Daniel McCoy and went down while in the battle for third, relegating him to ninth position as the chequered flag flew. That result sealed the 21-year-old sixth in the series, a remarkable result considering his little preparation in the lead-up.

Said Waters: “I was happy with the weekend from a riding point of view. I had good speed, so knowing with better preparation coming into the series I could potentially battle for a Supercross championship is a good feeling. I made a silly move trying to pass McCoy in the Main, but you live and learn. Overall I enjoyed Supercross, built through it and I learnt a lot with my training.

“This year has been a really great one with Motul Pirelli Suzuki and it’s an awesome team. They run a really tight ship and that shows in the results. Personally I was able to get through a full year without injuries, had a successful outdoor season, and I can’t wait for next year already.”

British standout Steven Clarke clinched fourth in the Pro Lites series on board the 2013 fuel-injected RM-Z250, following a sixth place result in the 15-lap Main at Newcastle. Earlier in the night Clarke raced to second in the opening heat race of the evening.

“Newcastle didn’t really go as planned for me,” Clarke commented. “I had a bad start, got through to third place and felt like I was hauling the mail! I made a small mistake in the whoops and went over the ’bars, so had to come from around 10th to sixth. Fourth in the championship’s not too bad considering I’ve been on the sidelines injured all year.”

Team manager Jay Foreman said it was a hard-fought season for the team throughout the short four-round series, happy with the form of both Waters and Clarke while now looking ahead in preparation for the 2013 MX Nationals season.

“It was a quick season of Supercross, both Todd and Steven were very strong in their series and we are pleased with their efforts,” Foreman said. “It was a shame to see Matt Moss injured at the opening round, but nonetheless we are off to a strong start with the 2013 models and look forward to a big season next year.”

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