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Mike Jones has one hand on the trophy…

Yamaha Racing Crew rider, Mike Jones, will take a 38-point lead into the ultimate spherical of the 2022 Mi-Bike Insurance coverage Australian Superbike Championship after a constant and mature efficiency on the penultimate spherical of the championship ran over the weekend.

Mike Jones – Picture RbMotoLens

In conventional Phillip Island situations, Jones methodically labored his manner by means of a busy weekend of racing at spherical six of the championship to deliver his thundering Yamaha R1M house in fifth place whereas his rivals made pricey errors to go away the Queenslander in a dominant place heading into the ultimate spherical at Tailem Bend, this weekend.

Jones entered the Phillip Island spherical with a 29-point lead however with 5 races nonetheless to return, there was loads of work to be completed. He left with a 38-point lead regardless of dealing with some challenges himself over the weekend on the again of his 10-5-3 outcomes.

Mike Jones - Image RbMotoLens
Mike Jones – Picture RbMotoLens
Mike Jones

“The on-track outcomes don’t look nice, however on paper to extend my lead has been superior and offers me factors buffer main into the ultimate spherical of racing this weekend,” Jones begins. “The situations at Phillip Island have been removed from ultimate and the primary race was moist in order that made it much more unpredictable.

“I actually didn’t journey that first race effectively as I noticed Wayne go down in flip two and my complete mindset modified. I went very conservative and rode like I had one thing to lose quite than one thing to realize. I didn’t wish to fall as that was really easy to do and simply get some factors to extend my margin. It wasn’t fairly however I obtained the job completed.

“Issues have been higher in race two and three. Race two I used to be a bit passive within the opening laps and obtained shuffled again to ninth within the chaos. I obtained my head again within the recreation at in regards to the midway level and began to maneuver ahead and obtained to fifth, proper on the again of third and fourth.

“The third race and I used to be extra aggressive within the early levels and fought a lot tougher for monitor place. I once more noticed Wayne go down, however this time I assumed I might maintain pushing and I obtained into battle with Bryan Staring. Issues obtained shut a number of occasions, nevertheless it stored me targeted and to complete third was consequence and a optimistic option to finish the weekend,” Jones ends.

Mike Jones couldn’t imagine his luck when he noticed Maxwell go down once more within the ultimate race – Picture RbMotoLens

The weekend additionally proved to throw up some challenges for team-mate, Cru Halliday. Halliday has proven good pace on the picturesque Phillip Island circuit and got here into the weekend assured of displaying. Issues obtained off to a sluggish begin in qualifying when his tyre technique didn’t repay and he was pressured to begin from P8 on the grid.

Race one noticed Halliday transferring ahead within the moist situations and searching for a prime 5 end. However ever the staff participant, he relinquished his place because the race went on to help his teammate. Race two and the shackles have been taken off and Halliday charged to a third-place end and assured with a greater begin, he can go along with the entrance runners.

Alpinestars Superbike Race Two - Image RbMotoLens
Cru Halliday and Troy Herfoss – Picture RbMotoLens

Sadly, he by no means obtained to search out that out as he went down in a multi-rider crash on lap 4. He tried to proceed however his bike was broken, and he returned to pit lane. His 11-3-DNF weekend noticed him end ninth for the spherical and now sits eighth within the championship.

Cru Halliday – Picture RbMotoLens
Cru Halliday

It was a disappointing weekend as I had excessive expectations coming into this spherical. I raced effectively right here on the Moto GP a month in the past and whereas its not my favorite circuit, I’ve had completed effectively right here up to now.

“Many of the riders used up a few tyres in qualifying whereas I simply caught with the identical rear. The tempo was getting faster, so I ought to have gotten a contemporary tyre in on the finish on obtained myself greater up the grid as P8 is a tough place to begin from.

“I felt my using was good and within the dry I used to be in a position to get my manner by means of the pack and end third. I used to be beginning to do the identical within the ultimate race however obtained tagged from behind going into flip 4 and went down.

“We nonetheless have one spherical to go, so its all or nothing to get again up the entrance and end the yr on a optimistic observe,” Halliday indicators off.

Alpinestars Superbike Race Two - Image RbMotoLens
Alpinestars Superbike Race Two Podium – Picture RbMotoLens

It’s a fast flip round for the ASBK groups as the pinnacle immediately from Phillip Island throughout to The Bend in South Australia for this weekends’ ultimate spherical of the championship. Jones must maintain a cool head, as he has completed in earlier rounds, to safe Yamaha first premier ASBK championship in 15 years.

Pos Title Bike Pole R1 R2 R3 Complete
1 Mike JONES Yamaha 11 16 18 287
2 Bryan STARING Ducati 25 15 20 249
3 Wayne MAXWELL Ducati 25 238
4 Troy HERFOSS Honda 13 17 17 217
5 Glenn ALLERTON BMW 20 14 16 210
6 Josh WATERS BMW/Duc 1 18 20 25 200
7 Arthur SISSIS Yamaha 17 12 14 199
8 Cru HALLIDAY Yamaha 10 18 189
9 Daniel FALZON Yamaha 12 11 134
10 Anthony WEST Yamaha 9 126
11 Broc PEARSON Yam/Duc 14 10 13 102
12 Jed METCHER Yamaha 16 9 15 102
13 Max STAUFFER Yamaha 4 3 12 95
14 Lachlan EPIS BMW 66
15 Michael EDWARDS Yamaha 59
16 Mark CHIODO Yamaha 58
17 Matt WALTERS Kawasaki 6 10 48
18 Aiden WAGNER Yamaha 47
19 Beau BEATON Ducati 7 4 38
20 Senna AGIUS Honda 15 13 28
21 Ben BURKE Kawasaki 6 8 11 25
22 Ben STRONACH Yamaha 25
23 Sloan FROST BMW 3 4 24
24 Nathan SPITERI BMW 22
25 Chandler COOPER Honda 21
26 Paul LALLY Yamaha 20
27 Travis WYMAN Yamaha 5 8 13
28 Ted COLLINS Yamaha 8 5 13
29 Alastair HOOGENBOEZEM Yamaha 2 9 11
30 Benjamin LOWE Ducati 11
31 Luke MACDONALD Kawasaki 10
32 Brendan McINTYRE Suzuki 1 1 7 9
33 Billy McCONNELL Yamaha 7 7
34 Paris HARDWICK Kawasaki 2 5 7
35 Luke JHONSTON Yamaha 7
36 Trent BINAISSE Suzuki 6 6
37 Corey FORDE Honda 3
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