News 7 Jun 2011

Perfect season for Jones clinches ASBK Superstock title in Queensland with a round to spare

Jones perfect season saw him wrap the 600 Supersport title with a round to spare.

Jones perfect season saw him wrap the 600 Supersport title with a round to spare.

YRD’s Mike Jones wrapped up the Australian 600cc Superstock Championship with a round to spare after a commanding performance at round five of the Australian Superbike Championship at Queensland Raceway on the weekend.

Jones entered the weekend with a huge points gap over his nearest rivals, but with the goal of tucking the championship trophy into his gear bag before the final round at Phillip Island later in the year, he had plenty to race for.

The Yamaha rider then turned it on for his home state crowd and hit that goal after taking pole position on Saturday and then racing to three victories in a dominant performance that stamped himself as the class rider of the 600cc Superstock field in 2011.

The weekend was reflective of Jones’ form in the 2011 season as he has won pole position at every round contested so far and then, more impressively, gone unbeaten in every 600cc race. That is a string of 11 races where Jones has been the first to the checkered flag.

“2011 has been a great year for me,” Jones remarked.

“I had a goal to win this championship but never did I expect to win it before the final round and to win every race along the way.”

“It has been fantastic to race this year because of the people and the support I have behind me. Everyone at Yamaha and YRD have been unreal and the people involved in the Reece Bancell Scholarship have also been a vital part of my success this year.”

Yamaha’s John Redding was also on hand to witness Jones claim his championship and couldn’t be prouder of the success Mike has achieved in 2011.

“Mike has showed enormous improvement in 2011 and to win this championship in the style and manner that he has is a credit to himself and the people around him.”

“On behalf of everyone at YRD and Yamaha, we congratulate Mike and his team on a job well done!”

With a solid breal before Phillip Island, Jones has now headed to Indonesia to contest round two of the Asian Road Race Championships.