Mike Jones confident and at ease in Darwin

ASBK 2022 – Round Four – Hidden Valley

Last year wasn’t how you wanted to spend the weekend, so there’s some unfinished business and now that you’re on the Yamaha, are you in a pretty good frame of mind?

Yeah, that’s it. Obviously, the start of the year has been very good. I gelled well with the R1. The Yamaha Racing Team has been fantastic, and I think the package is capable of winning wherever we go, so I’m really excited to go to Darwin and have a chance there. I really like the circuit there. I think it suits my riding style and I think with my comfort on the bike it will definitely put us in a good position to get some good results out there. It’s a great track. A fantastic track. I really like riding there. It’s unreal.

Mike Jones was on pole at Wakefield Park – RbMotoLens image

This weekend you will not be happy unless you are on the podium?

Yes exactly. That’s realistically our goal every race weekend now, to be at least on the podium every race weekend and ultimately fight for the win..”

Mike Jones – Image RbMotoLens

So what is the difference for you with the Yamaha?

Ultimately for me, I think it’s the handling characteristics of the R1. It’s maneuverability. I find that the input I make as a rider on the bike actually has a positive effect. I have more to do with making him do what I want him to do.

“The Ducati, you just had to fight all the time and everything I tried to do on the bike was the opposite. It didn’t do what I wanted it to do.

“Jumping on the R1 is like that. Everyone rides a little differently and every rider is individual, but the R1 works well for me and my riding style. I gelled with the bike and everything works great. Last time I rode a Yamaha was in 2013 and it was an R6 so I had never ridden an R1 before that so I’m happy.”

Mike Jones loves life on the YRT YZF-R1M – RbMotoLens image

Can’t wait to find the 2 + 4 concept?

Absolutely. The atmosphere and everything there is fantastic. There’s so much action going on, especially with the drag shows also happening at night. The action continues all weekend and the atmosphere is really good. It’s great for us because there are the fans and the spectators, the number of people who are there. It’s good to show so many people what we do on the track.”

And you, what is your favorite part of the song?

Ah man. It’s perfect! Probably the last section of left turn 10. Easy to run wide there. You have to have your eyes on the ball there, then the right left “flip flop” down the hill, then you enter the straight.”

Mike Jones is happy inside the YRT tent – RbMotoLens image

And the wall has been pushed back too, so that’s good.

Yeah, that’s fine. I knew they were doing some construction up there and they mentioned they moved the wall so obviously it’s a lot better for all of us.

Does it form like a pretty tight group in the mix up front?

Yeah. This year, there’s anyone of about six or seven of us who could fight for the win. I look forward to all three races.

Mike Jones congratulated by his YRT team manager Dylan after taking pole position in Queensland – RbMotoLens Image

ASBK On-Track Schedule Darwin
Add half an hour to times for East Coast AEST

Free practice 1: 8h50 (30 min)
Free practice 2: 11:45 a.m. (30 min)
Free Practice 3: 2:55 p.m. (35 min)

Qualifying 1: 9h10 (20 min)
Qualifying 2 hrs 9:35 hrs (15 mins)
Race 1: 1:10 p.m. (16 laps)

Race 2: 10:00 a.m. (16 laps)
Race 3: 1:55 p.m. (16 laps)

Mike Jones takes a 23-point lead over Wayne Maxwell on round four of the 2022 Motorcycle Insurance Australian Superbike Mid-Bike Championship at Hidden Valley – RbMotoLens Image

Hidden Valley ASBK TV Program

The slightly different format of the Hidden Valley event – where there are three races instead of the usual two – also has slightly different television schedules and broadcasters.

In 2022, Fox Sports Australia will broadcast live almost all track sessions as well as all races.

As has happened in previous years, Channel 7 will show races one and three live alongside regular TV coverage of Supercars.

After the event, ASBK TV will work with television production partners AVE to create a special-edition rerun of ASBK Round 4 – Darwin. This special edition will air on SBS – Sunday, July 3 from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. AEST.

Along with the ever-epic races, this special edition will feature exclusive behind-the-scenes action, colorful stories and all the thrills of one of the great races of any season; Hidden Valley, Northwest Territories.

ASBK Live Stream Information

Fox Sports Australia
Friday – Free Practice 2 and Free Practice 3
Saturday – Qualifying 1 and Qualifying 2, plus Race 1
Sunday – Race 2 (Exclusively Live on Fox) & Race 3

Channel 7
Saturday – Race 1
Sunday – Race 3

Sunday July 3 1pm – The ASBK Darwin Show

Check the events calendar and your local guides for exact times

Mike Jones leads the field into turn three at QLD Raceway – RbMotoLens image

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Alpinestars Superbike Championship Points Ranking

Pos Last name Total
1 mike JONES 132
2 Wayne MAXWELL 109
3 Bryan WATCHING 102
4 Josh WATERS 94
5 Vintage HALLIDAY 90
6 Glenn ALLERTON 88
seven Arthur SISIS 87
8 Troy HERFOSS 81
9 Daniel Falcon 73
ten Anthony WEST 70
11 Aiden WAGNER 47
12 Jed Metcher 39
13 Max STAUFER 38
14 Marc CHIODO 37
15 Matt WALTER 32
16 Broc PEARSON 31
18 Michael Edwards 25
19 Chandler Cooper 21
20 Lachlan EPIS 20
21 Luke JHONSTON seven
22 Corey FORDE 3

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ASBK Calendar 2022

Round 1 Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit, VIC February 25 – 27
SBK, PTSD, SS300, R3 Cup, OJC, SBK Masters
Round 2 Queensland Raceway, Ipswich QLD 18 – 20 March
SBK, PTSD, SS300, R3 Cup, OJC, Sidecars
Round 3 Wakefield Park Raceway, Goulburn NSW 22 – 24 April
SBK, PTSD, SS300, R3 Cup, OJC, Australian Race Cars
Round 4 Hidden Valley Raceway, Darwin NT June 17 – 19
* With Supercars – SBK only
Round 5 Morgan Park Raceway, Warwick QLD August 5 – 7
SBK, PTSD, SS300, R3 Cup, OJC
Round 6 Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit, Cowes VIC 18 – 20 November
Round 7 The Bend Motorsport Park, Tailem Bend SA 25 – 27 November
SBK, PTSD, SS300, R3 Cup, OJC
ASBK Night of Champions Dinner – The Bend November 27

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