Troy Bayliss Interview

Troy Bayliss talks about Team DesmoSport Ducati and Mike Jones’ wildcard

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Mike Jones and Troy Bayliss - Image by Russell Colvin
Mike Jones and Troy Bayliss – Image by Russell Colvin
Mike Jones - Image by Graeme Brown
Mike Jones – Image by Graeme Brown

Mike Jones suffered some technical issues with his Ducati during the recent two-day test.

Jones’ 1m33.051 on the Ducati Tuesday was marginally quicker than he managed last year on his ASBK specification Kawasaki ZX-10R.

Jones put in a 1m33.05 on Monday backed up by a best of 1m33.42 Tuesday morning and then 1m33.24 that afternoon.

One of his machines has been plagued by electronic problems thus a lot of the time Jones has been running without traction control, wheelie control or engine braking control. Thus despite the lack of an improved time, due to the extreme heat and technical issues on Tuesday, it is likely the 21-year-old and the Troy Bayliss backed DesmoSport Ducati squad still made significant progress in the set-up of their machine.

Bayliss was also able to call on his contacts and arrange for some parts to be flown in from Italy before the weekend to try and remedy some of the issues the team encountered during testing this week.

World Superbike 2016 Round One at Phillip Island this weekend

The WorldSBK riders will now take two days off before round one kicks off on Friday. The 22-lap WorldSBK races will be held at 3:00pm on Saturday and Sunday, and the world supersport race starts at 1:30pm on Sunday.

There will also be back-to-back support racing in Aussie superbikes, supersport and Moto3/125GP, as well as historics.

For information on this weekend’s (Feb 26-28) opening round of the 2016 Motul  FIM Superbike World Championship, Yamaha Finance round, at Phillip Island GP circuit go to   Tickets on sale via till Wednesday Feb 24 at 4pm; then at gate.

World Superbike 2016 – Phillip Island Test – Day Two Times
  1. Jonathan Rea – Kawasaki – 1m31.249
  2. Davide Giugliano – Ducati – 1m31.400
  3. Michael Van Der Mark – Honda – 1m31.458
  4. Sylvain Guintoli – Yamaha – 1m31.473
  5. Nicky Hayden – Honda – 1m31.585
  6. Tom Sykes – Kawasaki – 1m31.885
  7. Chaz Davies – Ducati – 1m31.938
  8. Alex Lowes – Yamaha – 1m31.958
  9. Xavi Fores – Ducati – 1m32.109
  10. Jordi Torres – BMW – 1m32.202
  11. Marcus Reiterberger – BMW – 1m32.272
  12. Roman Ramos – Kawasaki – 1m32.478
  13. Lorenzo Savadori – Aprilia – 1m32.587
  14. Leon Camier – MV Agusta – 1m32.702
  15. Josh Brookes – BMW – 1m32.903
  16. Sylvain Barrier – Kawasaki – 1m33.314
  17. Mike Jones – Ducati – 1m33.420
  18. Fabio Menghi – Ducati – 1m33.622
  19. Josh Hook – Kawasaki – 1m33.850
  20. Alex De Angelis – Aprilia – 1m33.882
  21. Karel Abraham – BMW – 1m34.062
  22. Al Sulaiti – Kawasaki – 1m34.942
  23. Dominic Schmitter – Kawasaki – 1m35.038
  24. Peter Sebestyen – Yamaha – 1m35.541
  25. Imre Toth – Yamaha – 1m36.150