12-year-old Aussie MotoGP mechanic!
The second son of the successful Mildura motor cycle racing Waters family is about to embark on the adventure of a lifetime, when Brodie Waters leaves Mildura shortly for Shanghai, China, to work at the first ever MotoGP to be held in China. The Grand Prix of China will be held on Sunday 1st May, the day Brodie will become a teenager.
Brodie, who just two weeks ago took the 10 to Under 13, 85cc Victorian Dirt Track Title at his home track at Koorlong, near Mildura, will head off to China to mechanic for one of the Chinese "wild card", 125cc Grand Prix riders, Wai On Cheung, who will ride an Ajo Motorsports 125cc Honda.
Cheung and Brodie's elder brother, Josh, who is now a Team Kawasaki Australia rider in the Australian Supersport class, first met when they competed against each other as "invited wild cards" in the 125cc events in the Grand Prix of Macau in 2002. Since that time the two racers have remained friends and younger brother, Brodie, has kept contact and worked within the Ajo Motorsports team, when the team has raced at the Australian MotoGP at Phillip Island.
Brodie, for the last three Grands Prix held in Australia, has amazed many older mechanics with his capacity to do regular and technical work on the race machines. He has worked with Mr. Aki Ajo, of Finland, who owns the world renowned Ajo Motorsports team and team members, contributing to all aspects of maintaining and setting up the race machines. Brodie worked in the team at the 2003 Australian Grand Prix when Ajo Motorsports, with their Hondas, had the "Flying Finn", Mika Kallio, as the lead rider in the team and worked again with the team in 2004 with Czech Republic rider, Lukas Pesek, again on a Honda.
Ajo Motorsports have always been keen on gaining the services of Josh Waters to take a team ride in the world 125 GP circuit and for the Chinese MotoGP will have the young Chinese National, Wai On Cheung riding for the team from his "wild card" position. A senior mechanic will work within the team but the second "Team mechanic" will be Brodie Waters.
Mr. Ajo has already indicated to the Waters family that he is keen to take Brodie as an apprentice, just as soon as he becomes old enough. Many of the world Grand Prix mechanics now refer to Brodie as "young Jerry", a startling reference to his likeness to famous South Australian Honda and now Yamaha Team boss, Jerry Burgess. Burgess has been associated with Australia's five times World Champion, Mick Doohan, during his time with Honda as well as being mechanic and mentor for Valentino Rossi at Honda, until the start of GP season 2004 when Rossi moved to Yamaha and created a storm by convincing Burgess to move to Yamaha with him. It could only be hoped that young Brodie Waters might emulate the work of Burgess and start in China on the road to International Road Racing success.
Australian sponsor of Wai On Cheung, Peter Edwards of Hong Kong, who himself is a 600cc Supersport racer and International commercial jet pilot, will collect Brodie, escort him and be his chaperone and mentor during his amazing working visit to China.