Wakefield Park never fails to produce exciting superbike racing, and this weekend’s round of the 2021 Australian Superbike Championship (ASBK) was no exception, with Mike Jones one of a few riders to achieve 56-second lap times at the 2.2km circuit. He ultimately secured third overall, with rookie teammate Oli Bayliss taking 12th in front of a record-breaking crowd.
Qualified: 3rd (57.317)
Fastest Lap: 56.909
Results: 3-3, 3rd Overall
Qualified: 8th (57.555)
Fastest Lap: 57.555
Results: DNF-7, 12th Overall
Team co-owner, Ben Henry: "Both Mike and Oli rode exceptionally well all weekend and, if not for a technical issue that we're yet to completely diagnose, I'm sure Oli would have given us a great result in race one too. Even though it's one of the smaller race tracks we go to, Wakefield is a tricky circuit to get right, with bumps and critical corners that require precision and control, lap after lap, and that's what we saw from both riders. Oli was particularly impressive in the early stages of the weekend, getting to very fast lap times quite quickly, while Mike's work ethic with the bike continues to pay dividends with solid progression that results in fast pace when it counts."
Mike Jones: "I was expecting fast times, and that's exactly what we saw, with four of us setting 56-second lap times through the weekend. Although two thirds gives me solid points, I want to win races, so we'll head back home, analyse the data from the weekend so we can come out firing in Darwin, and make our way to the top step of the podium."
Oli Bayliss: "I was in a pretty good position in race one and had just decided to settle and let the race unfold in front of me when I lost power and had to pull into the pits. The bike has been really reliable, so it was tough at the time, but that's racing. Race two went more to plan, though eventually crossing the line less than two hundredths of a second behind Bryan (Staring) after battling with him towards the end. I'm having a lot of fun on the Panigale V4 R. I'm enjoying the challenge of getting up to speed with such an experienced field and I'm confident that the team and I can keep making progress."
DesmoSport Ducati now sets their sights on the next round of the ASBK, to be held alongside Supercars at Darwin's Hidden Valley circuit on June 18-20.
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2021 ASBK Calendar