WITH Troy Bayliss opting to take some rest-time to aid his recovery from his recent surgery from injuries sustained at the first Australian Superbike round at Phillip Island, the in-form MotoGP wildcard Mike Jones is in the perfect position to re-join the team he rode for in their inaugural season in the ASBK back in 2016.
Jones will ride in the second round at Wakefield Park at Goulburn from March 22-24.
Jones recently joined ASBK regulars for testing at Morgan Park, and is no stranger to Ducati machinery. He took little time get back in the groove.
The team elected to not run a transponder, thus no times were registered on the circuit timing system, but talk around the paddock suggested that Jones might have actually undercut Wayne Maxwell by two-tenths-of-a-second to end the day fastest, unofficially at least
“The surgery on my finger was successful, but after trying to ride the bike this week, it just hasn’t had enough time to heal, making it impossible for me to ride at speed,'' Bayliss said.
"It’s tough watching another racer on your bike, but Mike is a part of the DesmoSport family. He’s riding really well, looked really comfortable on the bike in testing and has given the team some great feedback to keep improving already.
"Although it’s not an ideal situation, I’m happy to have someone of Mike’s calibre be able to step in for me.”