Wednesday, February 19, 2020
In a first, reigning MX Nationals MX1 Champion Todd Waters is set to light up the off-road world in 2020 when he not only defends his MX title but crosses over and competes in the Yamaha Australian Off-Road Championship, presented by MXstore.
Officially announced today, the 29-year-old Queenslander and former MXGP World Championship contender, spoke to AORC last week about his plans for 2020.
Waters is the first rider to hold a current Australian motocross title and take on the Yamaha Australian Off-Road Championship at the same time.
Waters hits the off-road track this weekend for rounds 1 & 2 of the championship at Toowoomba, Queensland.
Waters will compete in the E2 class aboard a Husqvarna with backing from Husqvarna Australia, Berry Sweet Strawberry Farm, Maxxis tyres, Motorex, Snap-On tools and A1 Accessory Imports.
“I’m excited to be doing AORC, I love riding in the bush, it’s a completely different atmosphere compared to riding competitive motocross and supercross, it’s a lot more relaxed and the tracks are a lot longer,” said Todd Waters.
“It’s one thing I did a lot as a kid was riding in the bush as my parent’s house backed onto state forest, so I did a lot of riding in the bush as a kid and young teenager.”
While defending his motocross championship is his priority, it is more riding time that has seen Waters want to take on the best riders in the world in off-road.
“The dates aligned for me and didn’t clash with our motocross championship because at the moment that is my priority to defend my motocross championship.
“I just wanted to race more, and I love riding motorbikes.
“There’s never really been another motocross rider that’s defending the championship and has gone off-road as well, it’s normally when they start to lose rides they will go off-road.
“So I’m looking forward to the challenge”
While off-road regulars, may see it as novel, Waters is under no illusion of the task at hand.
“I guess any competitor you can’t underestimate, so I guess they would be thinking that we could be competitive, but I’ve got to prove that first before that worries any of them,” he said.
“Hopefully from my end I’m a bit of a dark horse and I can put it up there and give it to the boys.
“We’ve set goals, but I’ll keep them to myself.
“I’ve got no experience in the championship and the different formats so it might take a little bit to get my head around, but I’m looking forward to it.”
Riders competing in the Yamaha Off-Road Championship, presented by MXstore will complete a track walk of the Toowoomba track this Friday afternoon before racing action kicks-off for the weekend on Saturday.
Stay up to date with all the happenings of the 2020 Yamaha Australian Off-Road Championship by visiting the AORC website at www.aorc.org.au , Facebook or @aorc on Instagram. Don’t forget to download the Official AORC app via Team App. It’s as easy as download Team App and search ‘AORC’!