News 27 Feb 2020
Jones in a positive frame of mind as ASBK title defence commences
Number one to make racing debut aboard the Ducati Panigale V4 R this weekend.
Reigning champion Mike Jones says he’s in a positive frame of mind as he commences his Mi-Bike Motorcycle Insurance Australian Superbike Championship (ASBK) defence this weekend at Phillip Island.
The DesmoSport Ducati rider, who’ll make his racing debut onboard the Panigale V4 R at round one after taking the 1299 Panigale R Final Edition to the crown in 2019, is highly-confident after a strong pre-season campaign.
The move to the V4 R has added a level of excitement for the Queenslander, who’ll don the number one plate throughout the 2020 season.
“I’m super excited for this season with the aim of defending the championship with the DesmoSport Ducati team on the V4 R,” Jones commented. “The off-season has been great with the transition to the new bike going smoothly and I’m confident we’re in a good position heading into round one.
“It’s very motivating having many people supporting me with the challenge ahead, it’s a nice feeling and it puts me in a positive frame of mind. I will continue with the same mindset as last year with the goal to ride my best and win races.”
The opening practice sessions of Phillip Island’s opener kick off today, with this weekend to feature the Motul FIM Superbike World Championship (WorldSBK).