Mike Jones reflects on Motegi MotoGP experience

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Mike Jones will stay on with Avintia Ducati to contest the Australian MotoGP event at Phillip Island

Mike Jones - Motegi - MotoGP - Image by AJRN
Mike Jones – Motegi – MotoGP – Image by AJRN

Mike Jones made the most of his last-minute opportunity to replace Hector Barbera at the Motegi MotoGP, finished his first race in MotoGP.

Mike Jones - Motegi - MotoGP - Image by AJRN
Mike Jones – Motegi – MotoGP – Image by AJRN

The 22-year-old Australian got 18th place and was really happy with the experience he had in Motegi. “Mad Mike” will ride Barbera’s bike at his home race in Phillip Island.

Mike Jones - Motegi - MotoGP - Image by AJRN
Mike Jones – Motegi – MotoGP – Image by AJRN
Mike Jones – P18

“I’m very happy and I can’t believe the experience of finishing my first ever MotoGP race. It was fantastic to be part of the Avintia Racing Ducati team this weekend.

Mike Jones - Motegi - MotoGP - Image by AJRN
Mike Jones – Motegi – MotoGP – Image by AJRN

“They worked so hard to help me learn so much, but definitely I gained more experience through the race. My start wasn’t very good.

Mike Jones - Motegi - MotoGP - Image by AJRN
Mike Jones – Motegi – MotoGP – Image by AJRN

“We tried a practice start in the warm-up this morning and I felt really, really good, but we changed the clutch for the race and when I went to do the race start it felt different, so I really struggled with the start.

Mike Jones - Motegi - MotoGP - Image by AJRN
Mike Jones – Motegi – MotoGP – Image by AJRN

“Once I got going, I tried to follow the guys in front of me, but I had a few small problems and I couldn’t get the bike stopped like in qualifying.

Mike Jones - Motegi - MotoGP - Image by AJRN
Mike Jones – Motegi – MotoGP – Image by AJRN

“But I just wanted to finish the race, no matter how, and I did it.

Mike Jones - Motegi - MotoGP - Image by AJRN
Mike Jones – Motegi – MotoGP – Image by AJRN

“I really want to thank Avintia Racing and Ducati for this opportunity and I hope to do it better at Phillip Island.”

Mike Jones - Motegi - MotoGP - Image by AJRN
Mike Jones – Motegi – MotoGP – Image by AJRN