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Fighting fourth for both Carlton Dry Honda Thor racers at Maitland

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Carlton Dry Honda Thor Racing teammates Todd Waters and Gavin Faith both fell frustratingly short of overall podiums in their classes at the fourth round of Super X in Maitland this afternoon.

Waters and Faith finished fourth in Opens and Lites respectively, battling a slick and rutted track in the unforgiving Triple Header format.

Waters worked his way forward from a top ten qualifying position to put himself in the running for a heat win, battling with Jay Marmont before going down and losing ground.

He had the podium in his sights after two top 4 finishes but was involved in a pileup during the third 10-lap final.

Tied third on points, Waters was relegated to fourth on a countback.

"I had a bit of a tussle with Jay but was feeling competitive on the bike," said Waters.

"The track was extremely short and a bit of a struggle, but I worked hard and put myself in position to challenge for a podium.

"It was disappointing to miss out by such a small margin but I still made gains in the championship, going from 8th to 6th."

Gavin Faith made an impressive start to his Maitland campaign, qualifying first, and was the only Lites rider to record a lap time in the 29-second bracket.

This speed carried over into his heat race, which he won comfortably, setting up for his best chance yet at an overall win.

He won the opening stint of the Lites clash, and stayed consistent with fourth place in the second, aiming to take his shot at the top step of the podium in the final 8-lapper.

A holeshot had him positioned for a top finish before a crash took him out of contention, fourth being the best result he could salvage after a promising run.

"I was having a good night," said Faith. "I'd won the first final, got a fourth in the second and was on for a podium before I went down.

"It was great to get a run on a dry track, the laps were really short so they extended the finals to 8 laps each.

"I ended up fourth overall and still sit fifth in the standings. There's only a point separating me from fourth now and I'll be doing everything I can to make back the ground next weekend."

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