THE AUSTRALIAN RIDER, MIKE JONES, SIGNED FOR TEAM SPEED RACING

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The international rider will run the RFME Spanish Speed Championship in the SuperStock 1000 category. 
 
Barcelona, February 19, 2018. The Team Speed Racing box is completed with the signing of Mike Jones. When we enter the countdown to start the next edition of the RFME Spanish Speed Championship, Team Speed Racing bets on the rider Mike Jones, who will fight for the title in the SuperStock 1000 category with the Kawasaki ZX10RR 2018
 
Jones, 23 years old, has a long career in Australian motorcycling where he has been champion in the Australian Superbike (2015), Australian SuperStock 600 (2011), Australian 250 GP Mono (2009) and Australian Junior 150/80 (2008). 
 
After more than two months of negotiations between José Regaña, Team Manager of the team and representatives of Jones, finally both parties reached an agreement by which the international will run in the ranks of Team Speed Racing the RFME Spanish Speed Championship 2018 in SuperStock 1000 category. "Jones is a great professional who has already demonstrated his great value as a rider in Australia. I really want him to travel to Spain and start working with him on the pre-championship tests", says Regaña. 
 
Jones also shows great enthusiasm for running again in the Spanish circuits. And, the Australian has already visited us a couple of times. "I competed in Motorland Aragón in the European Championship Superstock 600 in 2013 and in the European Championship SuperStock 1000 in 2017 in Motorland Aragón and in Jerez de la Frontera. In both circuits I enjoyed a lot". 
 
In a couple of weeks Jones will move to Spain and begin training prior to the first meeting of the RFME Spanish Speed Championship which will take place on the weekend of April 7 and 8 at the circuit of La Torrecica (Albacete)
 
José Regaña (Team Manager): "The whole team is excited about the signing of Mike Jones. This year we have our experience and Mike's experience and that will undoubtedly make us much more competitive, which without a doubt, it will result in good results and podiums." 
 
Mike Jones (Rider): "I’m extremely excited to be joining Team Speed Racing for the 2018 season. This is an excellent opportunity for us to achieve a high level of success together in the RFME Spanish Speed Superstock 1000 Championship. I’m confident and prepared to perform to the best of my ability. I wish to thank the team for trusting me and I look forward to beginning our work together shortly. " 
 
About Team Speed Racing: 
 
The Speed Racing Team was born in 2002 by José Regaña, who after extensive experience in the world of mechanics and racing, decided to make the final leap to the world of motorcycling by participating in the Spanish Speed Championship until 2009, in which he decides to retire to return with more force. 
 
That moment came in 2012, when Team Suzuki Speed Racing rejoined the competition, but this time as official Suzuki team and with the unconditional support of Dunlop. Since then he has fought with teams consecrated in the Spanish Speed Championship. The professionalism, the effort, the overcoming and the passion for the whole team, as well as the confidence of the sponsors and collaborators, have made this possible. 
 
In 2016, Team Speed Racing competed in the RFME Spanish Speed Championship with the Kawasaki ZX-10R in the Stock1000 category with riders Francisco Javier Alviz and Fabrizio Perotti. 
 
In 2017 Team Speed Racing participated in the RFME Spanish Speed Champion with the support of Michelin and with the drivers Marc Miralles and Ángel Poyatos who ran with the Kawasaki ZX-10R in the SuperStock 1000 category and with Eric Fernández in the category of Moto4. 
 
This year Marc Miralles and Mike Jones are part of the Speed Racing team and will race with the Kawasaki ZX10RR 2018 in the SuperStock 1000 category in the RFME Spanish Speed Championship 2018. 
 
Eduard Melgar will run in the SuperSport 300 category and Eric Fernández in the Moto4 category. 
 
             
 

Race win and round podium for Desmosport Ducati’s Jones in WA

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RACE WIN AND ROUND PODIUM FOR DESMOSPORT DUCATI’S JONES IN WA
 
DesmoSport Ducati is celebrating a maiden Australian Superbike Championship race win after Mike Jones claimed the opening bout at Barbagallo Raceway in Western Australia this afternoon. After securing the Superpole in yesterday’s qualifying, Jones was able to convert that result to the race one victory, crossing the line with a 0.307s advantage on board his 1299 Panigale S.
 
The defending ASBK champion was also able to lead laps in the second 20-lap affair, before slipping back to third at race’s end and sealing second overall for the round.
 
“It’s been a fantastic weekend for myself and the DesmoSport Ducati team,” Jones reflected. “To get the Pirelli Superpole yesterday was really important and to get the first race win was a great result.
 
“I’m really pleased to reward the team’s efforts. It was good to control race one from the front under pressure, a really, really cool feeling.
 
“In the second race I made a much better start, tried to push early, but the other guys were obviously very fast as well. Anyway, to finish on the podium and take second overall was a great way to cap off the weekend!”
 
Team co-owner and three-time World Superbike Champion Troy Bayliss was on hand for Jones’ success throughout the weekend, satisfied with the ongoing progression made by the first-year operation.
 
“We’re making progress all the time and Mike obviously had a really good weekend here in WA,” Bayliss commented. “It puts us back up nearer to the front, so with only two more rounds to go we can focus on more strong results.”
 
Western Australian Ben Henry, co-owner of DesmoSport Ducati with Bayliss and team manager, was proud of the team’s results across the Barbagallo weekend, which included a new fastest-ever motorcycle lap of the circuit by Jones at 55.029s.
 
“It’s been an exceptional weekend for Mike and the entire DesmoSport Ducati team,” Henry explained. “To see him claim the Pirelli Superpole and go on to take the opening race victory was great and well-deserved. Bringing home third in race two was another strong finish and we’re really happy to see him stand second on the podium overall.”
 
Jones will enter Morgan Park’s penultimate round of the 2016 ASBK title-chase in Queensland on 5-7 August ranked fourth in the standings.

DESMOSPORT DUCATI'S MIKE JONES ON 2016 ASBK SEASON

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DESMOSPORT DUCATI'S MIKE JONES ON 2016 ASBK SEASON
 
As the reigning Australian Superbike Champion, DesmoSport Ducati's Mike Jones has been in the headlines plenty since clinching last year's crown. Now part of the newly-formed factory Ducati team owned by triple World Superbike Champion Troy Bayliss and renowned ASBK team owner/manager Ben Henry, Jones has quickly displayed the potential of his 1299 Panigale S in domestic Superbike trim. Hear from Jones - currently fourth in the standings with two podiums so far - at the halfway point of the year to see how his season's progressing.
 
Three rounds of six are completed in the 2016 ASBK series. How do you feel it’s going for you so far with the DesmoSport Ducati team?
 
I’m progressing really well with the DesmoSport Ducati team. Obviously riding the Ducati 1299 Panigale S is new to me and it’s a new bike to the team, so we have been doing a lot of learning along the way. I think we started off on the right foot and we are still making good progress with myself and the bike, so overall we are really happy.
 
It seems like in general the pace has been there. Obviously Wakefield Park was a really tough weekend, however across the three rounds your speed has been strong and you made the podium at Phillip Island and Sydney. That's a real positive...
 
Yeah, exactly. It’s quite surprising how close we are up to the front of the field in these first few rounds. I was kind of maybe expecting to have a bit more development time and be quicker at the end of the year, but we’re already up the front of the field. So with a bit more time as the season goes on, in these next few rounds we are only going to get stronger.
 
You won the championship last year, within the same team, but now there is obviously factory support from Ducati and Troy Bayliss is on board as team co-owner as well. Has life changed much on race weekends as a factory rider?
 
I think things have certainly changed. For me as a rider I can focus my attention on riding the bike and giving the best feedback to the team that I possibly can, so we can improve the bike. Last year as a more of a privateer outfit my attention was spent on other areas with running the bikes. This has been a good step for me to be able to be a part of a factory supported team. While we haven’t shown our full potential yet, we certainly are working towards that.
 
What’s your favourite aspect of the 1299 Panigale S?
 
My favourite aspect is the engine characteristics. It’s far different to anything that I have ridden before. Whilst I’m still learning how to ride it fully, the power delivery is very smooth and it has a lot of torque. It’s quite an incredible feeling to open the throttle and you have so much power there early on in the rev-range. It’s quite something on the 1299 Panigale S.
 
With Troy [Bayliss] being a three-time World Superbike Champion, he has been at the circuit on the race weekends and working closely with the team. Just how closely do you work with him and how much has he helped you to adapt to the Ducati?
 
It’s been really good having Troy involved with the team and I’ve been able to work with him quite closely on the race weekends. He’s been getting quite involved with the development of the of the bike. He has also been taking to various vantage points of the circuit and viewing me on track, then we are discussing the things that are going on out there. Having his involvement has been really good, because he of course has a lot of experience with the Ducati. I can relate to him with some of the things that I’m working with on the bike. It definitely is helping us to move forward.
 
Looking forward towards the second half of the season. Barbagallo is coming up next, then Morgan Park, which is a track that you really dominated at last year on your way to the title, before the year finishes up in ASBK's return to Winton. Is that part of the calendar that you are looking forward to?
 
Definitely. I think these next few rounds are going to be good events for us. I really like Barbagallo and I enjoy the layout there of the track. Obviously going to my home circuit at Morgan Park will be fantastic as I’ve done so many laps around there and I have a good knowledge of the circuit. As I said, the more time we spend working with the bike, the faster we will go, so I’m really looking forward to this last part of the season.
 
The 2016 Australian Superbike Championship will continue at Barbagallo Raceway in Western Australia from 3-5 June.
 

DESMOSPORT DUCATI'S JONES REBOUNDS WITH SYDNEY ASBK PODIUM

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DESMOSPORT DUCATI'S JONES REBOUNDS WITH SYDNEY ASBK PODIUM
 
It was a welcome return to the podium for DesmoSport Ducati's reigning Australian Superbike Champion Mike Jones at Sydney Motorsport Park on Sunday, finishing third overall.
 
Jones secured third on the grid in Saturday's Superpole qualifying with a flying 1m30.349s laptime on board the 1299 Panigale S, setting him up for pair of strong 12-lap races on Sunday.
 
The opening leg was contested in dry conditions, with Jones crossing the line in third around the 3.93km Sydney-based circuit. He backed that result up in wet conditions later during the afternoon to clinch third for the round.
 
"It was an exceptional weekend for myself and the DesmoSport Ducati team," number one plate holder Jones explained. "We made good steps forward with the setting and qualifying third displayed that. To go on and finish both races on the podium was extremely positive.
 
"I've taken a lot of confidence from this result, it was a nice way to bounce back from the previous round, and more in line with where we were at round one. It was my first time on the Ducati in the wet conditions and it took a while to find my feet, but the bike was relatively easy to ride and the Pirelli tyres were fantastic all weekend long, both in the wet and dry. 
 
"We've moved up a position in the championship from fifth to fourth and that's great for us, the points gap is pretty steady at this stage and overall we're doing well. For the second half of the championship we can really focus on this as the foundation and keep moving forward from here."
 
DesmoSport Ducati co-owner/manager Ben Henry was pleased with the consistent performance of Jones and the team at Sydney Motorsport Park, which has placed them fourth in the championship at the midway point - 40 points outside of the lead.
 
"This was a really good weekend for Mike and the entire DesmoSport Ducati team," Henry reflected. "To have Mike qualify in third with an extremely fast laptime and then carry that into race one with the same result, it shows we are right there in the hunt for the top finishes.
 
"When the rain came for race two it certainly mixed things up, but yet again the bike and Pirellis performed flawlessly and Mike adapted to the conditions quickly. It's a good thing that we're moving forward, making progress each time out and we're very excited for the championship to continue from this point."
 
DesmoSport Ducati co-owner and triple Superbike World Champion Troy Bayliss delighted fans once again throughout the Sydney weekend on the 1299 Panigale S two-up experience bike.
 
The 2016 Australian Superbike Championship will continue at Barbagallo Raceway in Western Australia from 3-5 June. Visit www.asbk.com.au for further information on upcoming rounds.
 

EVENTFUL WAKEFIELD PARK ASBK ROUND FOR DESMOSPORT DUCATI'S JONES

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EVENTFUL WAKEFIELD PARK ASBK ROUND FOR DESMOSPORT DUCATI'S JONES
 
DesmoSport Ducati's reigning Australian Superbike Champion Mike Jones will take positives out of a difficult day at Wakefield Park's second round of the 2016 ASBK season today.
 
Jones and the newly-formed factory-supported DesmoSport Ducati team co-owned by triple World Superbike Champion Troy Bayliss and Ben Henry are confident that progress made across this weekend will be vital in the coming rounds.
 
A racing incident involving 22-year-old Jones in race one this afternoon caused a third consecutive red flag stoppage on the opening lap, which led to the race being rescheduled altogether for later in the day. 
 
Unfortunately for Jones and the team, race officials deemed him as the sole cause of the collision and under the regulations he wasn't permitted to continue when the race was re-run following lunch.
DesmoSport Ducati's Jones returned to action in race two and was instantly on the pace of the front-runners, until he was forced out of proceedings while in position five on lap 10 of the scheduled 16.
 
"Obviously zero points today isn't ideal for the championship, but we made a lot of progress with the DesmoSport Ducati team and the 1299 Panigale S," Jones commented. "We made a big step with the suspension set-up, further tailoring it to my style, which will help a lot in the coming rounds.
 
"From this point after racing at Phillip Island, which is fast and flowing, and then Wakefield Park, which is tight and technical, with the improvements made we will be heading to Sydney Motorsport Park very optimistic for a strong result. The most crucial thing for us is to keep developing the brand new bike in these early stages and we will be right there."
 
Co-owner Henry echoed Jones, stating that in while it was a frustrating end result for the team after displaying so much promise through practice and qualifying, they are certain that information learned will increase the team's chances of victory in following rounds.
 
"Sydney is definitely the focus now and regardless of the result, in many aspects we moved forward this weekend," Henry explained. "We found a few things that worked for Mike in the races and that was really positive. From here we will keep our heads down, continue working hard and look forward to the next round."
 
Bayliss made a huge impression aboard the DesmoSport Ducati 1299 Panigale S two-up experience bike during the entertainment breaks at Wakefield Park, pleasing guest pillions around the 2.2-kilometre Goulburn-based circuit.
 
The next round of the 2016 Australian Superbike Championship will take place at Sydney Motorsport Park in New South Wales on the 16-17 April weekend. Check www.asbk.com.au for further event information.
 

DESMOSPORT DUCATI SETS SIGHTS ON WAKEFIELD PARK ASBK WEEKEND

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DESMOSPORT DUCATI SETS SIGHTS ON WAKEFIELD PARK ASBK WEEKEND
 
DesmoSport Ducati will converge on round two of the 2016 Australian Superbike Championship (ASBK) at Wakefield Park in New South Wales this weekend, marking the new-look factory team's second appearance with defending champion Mike Jones on board.
 
After completing double duties at Phillip Island's opening round in February, where he contested the Superbike World Championship event as a wildcard alongside the ASBK opener, 22-year-old Jones will benefit from focusing solely on the national championship on 25-27 March at the Goulburn-based venue.
 
Queensland talent Jones' competitive debut on the Pirelli tyres-equipped Ducati 1299 Panigale S was a positive one at the first ASBK round of six on the calendar, qualifying third on the grid and claiming 2-2-4 results across the three races. That resulted in second overall for the round and in the championship so far.
 
To signify the immediate potential of the Jones and DesmoSport Ducati combination at Phillip Island across the three spectacular 10-lap ASBK races, he crossed the line within four-tenths of a second of the victory on each occasion. 
 
"I'm really excited and looking forward to round two of the ASBK competing with the DesmoSport Ducati team," Jones commented. "We had a good result at the first round and we're sitting second in the championship. There was a lot going on at Phillip Island with the WorldSBK wildcard, so for me this round could be even better because I can focus 100 percent on the ASBK.
 
"We had a test a week ago at Wakefield Park and the Ducati feels really good, so I think throughout the race weekend we will be able to get on the pace and be challenging for race wins. The 1299 Panigale S is well-suited to the tight, twisty and technical circuits, so I believe that will give us an advantage - it's very nimble and produces an incredible amount of torque."
 
With that positive test recently conducted at the tight and technical 2.2 kilometre Wakefield Park circuit earlier this month, the Troy Bayliss/Ben Henry-led DesmoSport Ducati outfit will enter round two with high hopes of further success.
 
"The Wakefield Park test was a positive one for us and our pace was really good," team co-owner/manager Henry explained. "Mike was really comfortable and he's confident for the weekend, so I'm certain we will have a strong event ahead. The team learnt a lot at Phillip Island during the WorldSBK races and we have made some changes because of that, so it's definitely a step forward.
 
"Although Phillip Island was our debut, it didn't exactly feel like that because we had been working away for so long prior to it. When I look back at that weekend and what we achieved, rolling out the Ducati for the first time, running two different bikes, two classes and one rider, I'm really proud of the team. Second in the ASBK championship provides a great platform to work from." 
 
Fans will have the opportunity to meet Jones and view the DesmoSport Ducati transporter alongside the team's 1299 Panigale S racer and triple WorldSBK champion Bayliss' two-up experience bike this Thursday, 24 March, at Belmore Park in Goulburn for an ASBK pre-race street activation event from approximately 4:00pm to 6:00pm local time. 
 
Practice for the DesmoSport Ducati team and Jones will commence at Wakefield Park on Friday, 25 March, before Superpole qualifying takes place on Saturday, 26 March. The pair of 16-lap ASBK championship races will be contested on Easter Sunday, 27 March. Visit www.asbk.com.au for further information on the event.

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