The double-header final two rounds of the 2020 Australian Superbike Championship (ASBK) at Wakefield Park Raceway has seen Mike Jones on the podium one final time as racing comes to a close for 2020.
Team Co-Owner, Troy Bayliss: “It was a bit of a tough weekend to be honest. We go to the track to win, so when that doesn’t happen, we’re all a little disappointed. But race weekends on paper don’t always reflect what happened on track and the team worked tirelessly to continue improving over the weekend, even with the dramatic changes in weather over the two race days. Of course, congratulations to Wayne (Maxwell) on securing the championship, he was the man to beat after a strong start to the year and I’m happy to see a Ducati on top”.
Team Co-Owner, Ben Henry: “It felt really good to be back in the ASBK paddock this weekend after such a long break. I feel the pressure to win, but I also thrive in that environment, working with the team to find the best way forward on the track. We ran into some small issues in practice that were quickly resolved, but found ourselves missing those few tenths to get to the front of the lead group come Saturday’s races. I was confident on Sunday that we had given Mike more speed, and he proved it by moving through the field to third. For the final race, with a strong start, things looked promising but luck was just not on our side with an electronic issue making it much harder for Mike to ride the bike, and to be honest, it’s a credit to him as a rider that he was able to hold onto third for so long. Well done and congratulations to Wayne Maxwell and their team on the championship win. For us, we go back to the workshop, unpack and begin working on 2021 which will kick off in late January with an official test at Phillip Island”.
Mike Jones: “It felt good to be back on track with a strong ASBK field this weekend, and although things didn’t really go our way, we set some fast and consistent lap times. On Sunday, I felt like we’d made some progress with our settings and this showed with a third place finish in race one. In the final race I made a good start, moving into third by the second lap, and felt like I could progress forwards until an electronic issue early in the race meant I had to work hard just to maintain my lap times, and eventually lost track position in the final laps. Although this season wasn’t successful, I have my full attention on 2021 and firmly believe we will be championship contenders. I can’t wait to go racing again!”