DesmoSport Ducati rider Mike Jones proved his quick adaption to the Italian v-twin by topping a two-day Phillip Island test this week. A 1m33.233 the Queenslanders time, which compares favourably with Jamie Stauffer’s 1m33.347 fastest lap of the race in the 2015 ASBK finale, and not all that shy of Troy Herfoss’ 1m32.852 pole position lap that same October.
Jamie Stauffer was second quickest ahead, ahead of Josh Hook, Troy Herfoss and Bryan Staring.
That quintet were the only riders in the 1m33s bracket while Daniel Falzon recorded the sixth quickest time, 1m34.093.
“We have been working with Seb from Dunlop and Ken for the past two days, just trying to see which tyre Phillip Island really requires and what tyre handles it the best,” he said.
“The track as we see at MotoGP and the World Superbikes events, is very demanding on the tyres. Dunlop has bought many tyres for us to test and I think we have something here that will do the race for sure,”
“As for yesterday we are very happy with our progress I think with a bit more development with these Dunlop tyres and a bit more testing we can really put it up with the other manufactures and I believe we have a really competitive package so far.”
Supersport rider Mark Chiodo had a very successful day on board his Triumph 675, making significant progress after day one. With Chiodo having only raced professionally for a year and a half, this young man has proven today that hard work pays off and couldn’t get the grin off his face after two demanding days on the bike.
“I started off pretty good but towards the end it got pretty hot,” he said.
“The wind picked up a bit, which made riding difficult, other than that it was a good day to start off with.
“It’s the first time topping the time sheets, and it’s the first time I have been down to the times. I am pretty happy with the results”
“We are pretty happy and confident leading into the series, especially to know that I am there now, but still have room to get better.”
Competitors next focus their attention on gearing up for a spectacular round of the World Superbike Championship and round one of the Australian Superbike Championship at Phillip Island at the end of February. The ASBK series then moves to Wakefield Park at the end of March for round two and stays in NSW for round three at Sydney Motorsport Park on April 17. ASBK then crosses the Nullarbor to race at Wanneroo on the first weekend in June and then enjoys a two month break before heading to Morgan Park on August 7 while the series finale will be staged at Winton across the first weekend in October.
Australian Superbike Test Session – Phillip Island – Feb 8/9 2016
Mike JONES (QLD) Ducati 1299 1:33.233
Jamie STAUFFER (NSW) Honda 1000 1:33.546
Josh HOOK 1:33.674
Troy HERFOSS (NSW) Honda 1000 1:33.919
Bryan STARING (WA) Kawasaki 1000 1:33.978
Daniel FALZON (SA) Yamaha 1000 1:34.093
Robby BUGDEN (QLD) Kawasaki 1000 1:34.168
Ben BURKE (NSW) Kawasaki 1000 1:34.505
Michael BLAIR (NSW) Yamaha 1000 1:34.767
Jed METCHER (VIC) Yamaha 1000 1:34.885
Matt WALTERS (NSW) Kawasaki 1000 1:35.130
John HUNT (SA) Kawasaki 1000 1:36.043
Sloan FROST (NZ) Suzuki 1000 1:36.184
Trent GIBSON (VIC) Yamaha 1000 1:36.578
Mathew HARDING (NSW) Kawasaki 1000 1:36.746
Mark CHIODO (VIC) Triumph 675 1:37.093
Ryan HAMPTON (NZ) Suzuki 1000 1:37.116
Callum SPRIGGS (QLD) Yamaha 600 1:37.326
Adam CHRISTIE (SA) Yamaha 1000 1:37.368
Alex PHILLIS (VIC) Honda 600 1:38.148
Kyle BUCKLEY (NSW) Kawasaki 600 1:38.426
James BOND 1:38.446
Ted COLLINS (VIC) Suzuki 600 1:38.785
Phil CZAJ (VIC) Aprilia 1000 1:38.838
Ryan TAYLOR (VIC) Yamaha 600 1:38.885
Phil LOVETT (NSW) Kawasaki 1000 1:38.959
Mitch LEVY (NSW) Yamaha 600 1:39.270
Evan BYLES (SA) Kawasaki 1000 1:39.566
Kane BURNS (NSW) Suzuki 600 1:40.027
Robbie MENZIES (QLD) Kawasaki 600 1:40.029
Lachlan EPIS (NSW) Kawasaki 600 1:40.169
Kym GROSSER Honda 1000 1:41.700
Ben WHITE (VIC) Yamaha 600 1:42.085
Ryan MASRI (NSW) Kawasaki 600 1:43.899
ASBK announces comprehensive 2016 prize pool
The 2016 Australian Superbike Championship presented by Motul Pirelli (ASBK) has announced the prize money up for grabs at rounds 2-6 of this year’s ASBK series.
After a successful series in 2015, where the ASBK handed out over $10,000 per round, this year will once again reward competitors with a comprehensive prize pool, adding to what is already shaping up to be a great 2016 ASBK series.
Motorcycling Australia’s CEO David Cottee, has today shared his excitement in being able to reward the fastest riders in the country with round by round prize money.
“It is great to deliver the level of prize money which is on offer for this year’s Australian Superbike Championship,” he said.
“The ASBK aims to attract the best racers in our country, from factory riders to privateers, so it’s great to be able to see riders finishing all the way back to tenth in the Superbike, and Supersport classes, going home pocketing prize money.
“Our goal is to keep growing and developing the ASBK series, and the prize pool is an integral part of the growth of the championship, so it’s fantastic to see these types of funds on offer for 2016.”
The ASBK Superbike class will boast an impressive $3,150 up for grabs per round of the championship, with round winners set to collect $1,200, second place pocketing $700, and third position taking home $400.
The Supersport category round winner will once again take home a healthy $1000 per round, while second place will secure $600, and third will walk away with $300.
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