Interviews 20 Jan 2015

Unplugged: Mike Jones

What makes the talented national superbike contender tick.

Image: Keith Muir.

Image: Keith Muir.

My Way

Greatest moment of your career?

Winning my first Superbike race in my rookie year at Sydney Motorsport Park.

Toughest race ever?

The race that was the greatest moment of my career! Race two, round six, of the 2014 Swann Insurance Australasian Superbike Championship at Sydney Motorsport Park.

Long-term goal?

Win a world championship, either MotoGP or WSBK.

Favourite track?

Phillip Island, because it’s so fast and flowing which suits me and the way I like to ride.

Arch-rival?

No one in particular, I’m just trying to beat every other Superbike racer.

If you weren’t a racer, you would be?

Probably a soccer player, because I was doing that when I was five years old until I was about 10 and started racing motorbikes.

Greatest inspiration?

Valentino Rossi. As a kid, I watched him dominate, which is the ultimate, and I’d like to be able to do that one day.

Superstitions?

Race day underwear.

Training methods?

A strong emphasis is on cardio involving road cycling, running and mountain biking. I also spend a lot of time in the seat on my race bike, which helps me stay conditioned for racing.

Off the Wall

Non bike-related hobbies?

None; everything I do is bike-related!

What car do you drive?

I drive a BMW 318is. It’s been passed on from my nana.

What’s on the iPod?

Marilyn Manson to Taylor Swift.

Best thing about racing in Australia?

I’m comfortable and used to my living environment, so nothing is foreign to me.

Who will win World Superbike this year?

Tom Sykes.

And MotoGP?

Valentino Rossi.

Tell us something we don’t know about you?

I’m the youngest sibling in my family – I have three sisters and one brother.

First and Last

First bike?

PeeWee 50.

First proper injury?

Crashed in India during 2011; broken ribs, dislocated knee cap, punctured lung and spent two weeks in hospital.

First time you got in a fight?

Never.

Last holiday?

Too long ago to remember.

Last big crash you had?

Crashed my mountain bike in the middle of 2014 and broke my scaphoid.

One or the Other

Faster circuits or more technical circuits?

Faster circuits.

Monster or Red Bull?

Red Bull.

PC or Mac?

PC.

McDonalds or KFC?

McDonalds.

ASC or ASBK?

ASC.

MotoGP or World Superbikes?

MotoGP.

Print or digital magazines?

Digital.

Blonde or brunette?

Both [laughs]!

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