2019 Motul Pirelli Australian Superbike Championship

Winton Motor Raceway – Round 5 Preview


Mike Jones has announced he’s all set for the return of the Motul Pirelli Australian Superbike Championship to Winton Motor Raceway next weekend (September 6-8), where the rider will be looking to extend his one-point championship lead on the DesmoSport Ducati, with three remaining rounds left to run.

Mike Jones currently sits on 184-points, a point ahead of Cru Halliday, while Bryan Staring sits in third on 176-points. Troy Herfoss currently sits fourth with 169-points, with Wayne Maxwell a further 11-points behind completing the top five, with Josh Waters a single point further back.

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Mike Jones – 2019 Motul Pirelli Australian Superbike Championship

Championship leader Jones is upbeat heading into Round 5 at Winton, sharing, “I’m riding better than I ever have.” Here’s what he had to say ahead of Round 5.


What’s been the reasons behind your good form that sees you sitting atop the ASBK Championship table?

MJ: It’s a combination of things, but it’s mostly down to DesmoSport Ducati team’s effort because I’ve got a group of guys who are just as committed and passionate as I am. I think I’m riding better than I ever have and I put that down to the past two seasons riding in the Spanish Championship. It’s helped me develop as a rider and I’m at the top of my game. Additionally, in my opinion, I believe I’m on the best bike in the field.

How tough has the competition been in the ASBK Championship in 2019?

MJ: It’s the toughest it’s ever been! I didn’t foresee the Championship being so close and it’s one of the closest Championships we’ve had in Australian Superbikes. It’s great for the riders, and the spectators, too.

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Mike Jones – 2019 Motul Pirelli Australian Superbike Championship

What do you need to do well for the remainder of the season to give yourself the best chance of winning the Championship?

MJ: I just need to be on top of my game every time I hit the track because everyone is really racing well. Both the team and I need to give 100 per cent, and I believe we’ve done that, so we’ll just keep doing what we’re doing.

What does the future hold for you?

MJ: Ultimately, my goal is to race in the World Superbikes, and it’s been a goal since I was a kid. Winning the Australian Championship is very beneficial for assisting me to get a ride overseas. Right now, though, the market is very tough over there and there’s not a lot of positions available, so I’m just taking one step at a time. The way I’m riding in ASBK I’m very comfortable here in Australia, but we’ll see what the final result is in the Championship. We’re in a results-based industry, so we’ll see how we go at the end of the year.

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Mike Jones – 2019 Motul Pirelli Australian Superbike Championship – Image by Rob Mott

What do you do away from the track in your personal time?

MJ: When I’m away from the track my focus is still heavily on racing. I spend my time training on a bicycle and at the gym trying to stay fit. I also love to have fun with my girlfriend, family and friends because they ease my mind and take my entire focus off the motorbike.

Tickets are now on sale for Spokes.com.au presents Round 5 of 2019 Motul Pirelli Australian Superbike Championship at Winton Motor Raceway from September 6-8. Head to ASBK.com.au (link) for more info or to purchase.

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Mike Jones – 2019 Motul Pirelli Australian Superbike Championship – Image by Rob Mott

2019 Motul Pirelli Australian Superbike Championships Calendar

  • Round 5: Winton Motor Raceway, VIC – 6-8 September 2019
  • Round 6: Phillip Island GP Circuit, VIC – 4-6 October 2019
  • Round 7: Sydney Motorsport Park, NSW – 1-3 November 2019

Motul Pirelli Australian Superbike Championship Standings

PosNameTotal
1Michael JONES184
2Cru HALLIDAY183
3Bryan STARING176
4Troy HERFOSS169
5Wayne MAXWELL158
6Josh WATERS157
7Matt WALTERS112
8Daniel FALZON109
9Alex PHILLIS93
10Glenn SCOTT90
11Arthur SISSIS88
12Mark CHIODO87
13Aiden WAGNER71
14Damon REES68
15Lachlan EPIS57
16Glenn ALLERTON56
17Ted COLLINS49
18Sloan FROST42
19Max CROKER27
20Brendan McINTYRE26
21Philip CZAJ20
22Brian HOUGHTON17
23David BARKER16
24Aaron MORRIS15
25Evan BYLES13
26Matt TOOLEY7
27Adam SENIOR5
28Paul VAN DER HEIDEN4
29Ryan YANKO3
30Will DAVIDSON2
31Michael EDWARDS2
PosNameTotal
1Tom TOPARIS248
2Nic LIMINTON188
3Broc PEARSON176
4Oliver BAYLISS161
5Reid BATTYE149
6Aidan HAYES124
7Dallas SKEER113
8Callum SPRIGGS89
9Chris QUINN86
10Jack PASSFIELD81
11Ty LYNCH79
12Rhys BELLING70
13Luke MITCHELL65
14Andrew EDSER64
15Avalon BIDDLE63
16John QUINN55
17Zac JOHNSON37
18Scott NICHOLSON31
19Dylan WHITESIDE26
20Samuel LAMBERT22
21Timothy DONNON21
22Corey TURNER16
23Jack HYDE14
24Ben LIEBIG14
25Matt CRANMER13
26Luke SANDERS13
27Bronson PICKETT12
28Daniel LEONARD5
29Oscar DAVISON1
PosNameTotal
1Max STAUFFER232
2Senna AGIUS204
3Harry KHOURI192
4John LYTRAS170
5Seth CRUMP155
6Zac LEVY153
7Hunter FORD146
8Ben BAKER128
9Yannis SHAW127
10Brandon DEMMERY126
11Locky TAYLOR123
12Travis HALL108
13Peter NERLICH83
14Callum O’BRIEN62
15Luke JHONSTON60
16Luke POWER55
17Mitch KUHNE54
18Olly SIMPSON51
19Jacob ROULSTONE49
20Kyle O’CONNELL49
21Zylas BUNTING44
22Tristan ADAMSON40
23Dylan WHITESIDE39
24Harrison VOIGHT32
25Mitchell SIMPSON25
26Laura BROWN21
27Tayla RELPH14
28Ryan SMITH12
29Jesse WOODS8
30Tom NEWTON7
31Josh HALL6
32Bronson PICKETT4
33Grace POUTCH4
34Reece OUGHTRED3
35Jacob HATCH3
36John BLENKIN2
37Stephany KAPILAWI-JAMES2
38Keegan PICKERING2
39Jordan SIMPSON1
PosNameTotal
1John LYTRAS124
2Max STAUFFER113
3Hunter FORD110
4Zac LEVY108
5Harry KHOURI86
6Locky TAYLOR86
7Brandon DEMMERY85
8Travis HALL76
9Luke JHONSTON68
10Jacob ROULSTONE49
11Ben BAKER47
12Mitch KUHNE46
13Harrison VOIGHT45
14Tristan ADAMSON44
15Kyle O’CONNELL43
16Ryan SMITH33
17Zylas BUNTING32
18Reece OUGHTRED30
19Keegan PICKERING14
20Josh HALL11
21Zak PETTENDY9
22Bronson PICKETT8
23Stephany KAPILAWI-JAMES6
24Laura BROWN6
25John BLENKIN6
26Cameron AGOSTINI5
27Ryan MOSCARDINI3
28Kristian AGOSTINI2
29Jeremy CZMOK1