Australian Honda rider Nick Waters made the top 10 after the first round of the Asia Dream Cup which was held at the Sepang International circuit last weekend.
It was a great effort for the young Honda rider who was tackling a new track and a new 250cc race machine for the very first time.
Competing against representative from across the Asia Pacific region, including some who had competed last year, Nicholas said the weekend had provided a steep learning curve.
“I was thrown in the deepen end over the weekend, but I know it will only get easier from here,” he said.
“I’ve already learned a lot about the motorcycle and how to race it and I’m looking forward to the next round.”
He started race one toward the rear of the pack and despite trying to edge his way forward found himself stuck in the back pack and finishing in 15th place.
Race two, which proved tricky for many riders due to the bad weather conditions, was more successful for Nicholas who made a good start and rode conservatively to take his CBR250R to an impressive 6th place.
The Honda rider, who competed on board a Honda CBR1000RR in the ASBK Prostock 1000 Championship in 2012, said the transition to a CBR250R was challenging.
“I know I need to improve my corner speed and tuck myself in as close to the CBR250R as possible,” he said.
“I am going to borrow a CBR250R so I can do some practice at some Australian tracks before the next event.”
Gaining valuable points in the round one event Nicholas is in 10th place overall. Round two of the Asia Dream Cup will take place on May 17-19 at the Sentul International Circuit, Indonesia.