Mike Jones very quick at Wakefield Park during testing

Quick chat with Mike Jones


We recently caught up with Mike Jones while the championship leader was testing at Wakefield Park. Rain interrupted the second day of the planned two-day test last week, but the 28-year-old was at the circuit testing again this week as he further refines the YRT YZF-R1M ahead of the third round of the Mi-Bike Motorcycle Insurance Australian Superbike Championship at the Goulburn venue later this month.

This is the view the competition got of the #46 YRT YZF-R1M at QLD Raceway – Image RbMotoLens

Trevor Hedge: A productive day?

Mike Jones: “Yeah, look the Yamaha R1 for me is just… I’m adapting well to it, I feel quite comfortable on the bike. I think that this was going to be the ultimate test, to go away from a track I know very well and am very familiar with (QLD Raceway), and to take this package to another circuit and straight up here we are in the lows 57s and really only half-a-second off my personal best here. So for me that’s a really big achievement as we lost the first half of today, the weather conditions being quite drizzly and damp. So in the two sessions we had – you know my crew chief Dylan – we had a plan, we worked through quite a lot of stuff to be honest, and got a really clear direction for me. Obviously we are going to try and do the test tomorrow, but the forecast is for rain. If that isn’t going to be possible, we’ve got a really good direction for the race.”

Mike Jones testing at Wakefield Park

Trev: In that first session where you got some dry laps, you did look fast from the off, so it doesn’t look like Queensland raceway will be a one off?

Mike Jones: “I don’t think so, *laughs* only time will tell I guess, until we get to the race and have a proper crack at it. This first couple of sessions here are quite telling aren’t they. If you turn up and you’re quite slow straight away… but if you turn up and you’re quick straight away you know that things are in the ballpark and you’re feeling pretty comfy. You can’t do that if that bikes not working well and you’re not comfortable on the bike.”

Mike Jones will take a 16-point lead over Bryan Staring into the third round of the 2022 Mi-Bike Motorcycle Insurance Australian Superbike Championship at Wakefield Park

Trev: You tried a different tire in that last session there in the cold conditions?

Mike Jones: “We’ve got the two Pirelli control tires here to test today, and we backed to back both of those, one is better for the heat and one is a bit better for the cooler temperatures, we just wanted to see how that effected our motorbike. Because if this is going to be the kind of conditions we’ll be in, in the race condition, in a couple of weeks time we need to know what our options are in terms of tires.”

Mike Jones totally dominated in Queensland – Image RbMotoLens

The third round of the 2022 Mi-Bike Motorcycle Insurance Australian Superbike Championship roars to life on the weekend of April 23-24 at Wakefield Park, Goulburn, NSW.


Alpinestars Superbike Championship Points

Pos Rider Total
1 Mike JONES 86
2 Bryan STARING 70
3 Josh Waters 67
4 Wayne MAXWELL 64
5 Glenn ALLERTON 61
6 Arthur SISSIS 57
7 Cru HALLIDAY 54
8 Daniel FALZON 51
9 Troy HERFOSS 47
10 Anthony WEST 47
11 Aiden WAGNER 47
12 Mark CHIDO 37
13 Broc PEARSON 31
14 Beau Beaton 27
15th Matt Walters 24
16 Max STAUFFER 23
17 Jed METCHER 20
18 Chandler COOPER 15th
19 Michael EDWARDS 12
20 Luke JHONSTON 7
21 Corey FORDE 3

ASBK Wakefield Park Schedule

Wakefield Park Raceway, NSW
ASBK Round 3 – Official Schedule
Friday 22nd April
0730 0750 (SSP300, R3, OJC) Briefing 1 20 mins
0800 0815 (SBK, SSP) Briefing 2 15 mins
0900 0920 R3 Cup FP1 20 mins
0925 0950 SSP600 FP1 25 mins
0950 1015 (Aussie Racing Cars) Briefing 3 20 mins
0955 1015 SSP300 FP1 20 mins
1020 1050 SBK FP1 30 min
1055 1110 bLU cRU FP1 15 mins
1115 1135 R3 Cup FP2 20 mins
1140 1205 SSP600 FP2 25 mins
1220 1240 Aussie Racing Cars Practice 20 mins
1240 1255 Lunch – ASBK Pillion Rides 15 mins
1255 1315 SSP300 FP2 20 mins
1320 1350 SBK FP2 30 min
1355 1410 bLU cRU FP2 15 mins
1415 1435 R3 Cup FP3 20 mins
1440 1505 SSP600 FP3 25 mins
1510 1530 SSP300 FP3 20 mins
1535 1605 SBK FP3 30 min
1610 1625 bLU cRU FP3 15 mins
1640 1700 Aussie Racing Cars Qualifying 20 mins
Saturday 23rd April
0900 0920 SSP300 Q1 20 mins
0925 0950 SSP600 Q1 25 mins
0955 1015 R3 Cup Q1 20 mins
1020 1055 SBK T 35 mins
1100 1115 bLU cRU Q1 15 mins
1120 1140 SSP300 Q2 20 mins
1155 1215 Aussie Racing Cars R1 18min+1Lap
1215 1300 Lunch – ASBK Pillion Ride & Autographs Podium 45 min
1300 1320 R3 Cup Q2 20 mins
1325 1350 SSP600 Q2 25 mins
1355 1410 bLU cRU Q2 15 mins
1415 1435 SSP300 R1 10 Laps
1440 1455 SBK Q1 15 mins
1455 1510 ASBK TV Track Time Media 15 mins
1510 1525 SBK Q2 15 mins
1530 1545 bLU cRU R1 6 Laps
1550 1610 R3 Cup R1 8 Laps
1625 1645 Aussie Racing Cars R2 18min+1Lap
Sunday 24th April
0900 0905 bLU cRU WUP 5 mins
0910 0915 SSP600 WUP 5 mins
0920 0925 SSP300 & R3 Cup WUP 5 mins
0930 0940 SBK WUP 10 mins
0950 1010 Aussie Racing Cars R3 18min+1Lap
1020 1050 SSP600 R1 16 Laps
1055 1115 SSP300 R2 10 Laps
1120 1200 SBK R1 20 Laps
1205 1220 R3 Cup R2 8 Laps
1235 1255 Aussie Racing Cars R4 18min+1Lap
1255 1335 Lunch – ASBK Pitlane Walk 40 min
1335 1350 bLU cRU R2 6 Laps
1400 1430 SSP600 R2 16 Laps
1440 1500 SSP300 R3 10 Laps
1510 1550 SBK R2 20 Laps
1600 1615 R3 Cup R3 8 Laps
1625 1640 bLU cRU R3 6 Laps
* ASBK Live TV coverage ^ ASBKTV Live Stream

mi-bike Motorcycle Insurance
2022 ASBK Calendar

Round 1 Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit, VIC 25 – 27 February
SBK, SSPT, SS300, R3 Cup, OJC, SBK Masters
Round 2 Queensland Raceway, Ipswich QLD 18 – 20 March
SBK, SSPT, SS300, R3 Cup, OJC, Sidecars
Round 3 Wakefield Park Raceway, Goulburn NSW 22 – 24 April
SBK, SSPT, SS300, R3 Cup, OJC, Aussie Racing Cars
Round 4 Hidden Valley Raceway, Darwin NT 17 – 19 June
* With Supercars – SBK Only
Round 5 Morgan Park Raceway, Warwick QLD 5 – 7 August
SBK, SSPT, SS300, R3 Cup, OJC
Round 6 Symmons Plains Raceway – Launceston TAS 20 – 23 October
SBK, SSPT, SS300, R3 Cup
Round 7 Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit, Cowes VIC 18 – 20 November
SBK, SSPT, SS300
Round 8 The Bend Motorsport Park, Tailem Bend SA 2 – 4 December
SBK, SSPT, SS300, R3 Cup, OJC
ASBK Night of Champions Dinner – The Bend 4 December

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