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The DesmoSport Ducati team was formed in 2016 by the 2001-06-08 World Superbike champion Troy Bayliss and former Australian Superbike racer, Ben Henry.

 

'Mad' Mike Jones was the man chosen for the job to spearhead an assault in the Australian Superbike Championship (ASBK). 

 

 

After a total of six rounds, which included thirteen races in the 2016 ASBK series, Jones and DesmoSport Ducati team finished in fifth place in the overall championship with 163-points.

 

Jones managed to score three top three podium places, which was a second place at the opening round at the end of February at the Phillip Island Island Grand Prix Circuit and at the fourth at Barbagallo Raceway on the first weekend of June, while it was a third place finish at the third round of the championship in mid April at Sydney Motorsport Park.

 

Jones finished inside the top three in the races six times throughout the year. The Queenslander managed to snare one race win in the season and that was in the first twenty lap race at Barbagallo Raceway when he went on to win by a mere .307 seconds.

 

Other major highlights for the DesmoSport Ducati team, which is based in Burleigh Heads on the Gold Coast was the wildcard ride in the opening round of the Motul FIM Superbike World Championship at Phillip Island which saw Jones finish in fourteenth place in race one, but unfortunately crashed out in the second race.

 

Jones also filled in for Spaniard Héctor Barberá at Avintia Racing Ducati during the Motul Grand Prix of Japan at the Twin Ring Motegi and the Australian Motorcycle Grand Prix, where he scored one championship point.

 

With Jones racing for the Avintia Racing Ducati team in the MotoGP class at the Australian Motorcycle Grand Prix, the 2012 Formula Oz Champion in Cru Halliday was drafted in to replace Jones to race in the final round of the Phillip Island Superbike Championship, which is a two round series, that runs in conjunction with the Australian WSBK and MotoGP rounds.

 

Halliday and the DesmoSport Ducati team finished sixth overall for the round with 44-points points after Halliday scored a 6-6-7 result.

 

With Jones departing Australia in 2017 and heading to Europe to race for the Aruba.it Racing - Ducati Junior Team in the Superstock 1000 FIM Cup, he will be replaced by fellow Queenslander Callum Spriggs, which will be his debut year in the Superbike category.

 

2018 will see Troy Bayliss return to the track in a full time role as he takes on Australia's best riders in the Australian Superbike Championship onboard the Desmosport Ducati 1299 Paniale R Final Edition. In what is now shaping up to be an even more exciting 2018 series, the inclusion of Troy Bayliss to the grid will lift the profile not only of the Desmosport Ducati team, but also the ASBK Championship to a global audience.

 

Troy confirmed his desire to contest Australia’s premier motorcycle racing series had been burning for a while, initially presenting when an opportunity arose to replace the injured Callum Spriggs mid-year.

 

“It was a situation we first considered when Callum was injured,” Bayliss explained. “Obviously, it was a big call and it didn’t quite feel right at the time. “Since then, I have tested the bike and completed a lot of miles both in practice and racing the 300 class.

 

“Initially, I did want to see another young guy on the bike but after I rode it, I felt that I needed to contest the championship and try and win myself the elusive Australian Superbike title,” Bayliss continued.

 

DesmoSport Ducati team co-owner Ben Henry - himself a longtime #ASBK racer at the elite level - looks forward to operating the organisation with Bayliss on-track aboard Ducati's 1299 #Panigale R Final Edition and is confident that he will be truly competitive when the lights go out at round one.

 

"It really is exciting for the DesmoSport Ducati team," commented Henry. "There has been a lot of planning to ensure this move is a success and I can't put it into words how much I look forward to seeing Troy on the bike again for the full series. It's so good for so many people and I appreciate Troy's commitment to give back to the sport in this way. It's really, really positive for the team and everybody involved.

 

"I'm looking forward to creating the environment around Troy that I believe will help secure us another Australian Superbike Championship in 2018. We are a few years into the DesmoSport Ducati project now and have learnt so much during 2016 and 2017. I'm confident that the staff we have at Cube Performance Centre on the Gold Coast have made a big impact in terms of development with the experience we have there and I honestly believe we are in the position now to create a platform that's going to be hard to beat next season."

 

Bayliss will make his official return to racing when the season commences on 23-25 February at the iconic Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit in Victoria, fittingly alongside the opening round of the 2018 Superbike World Championship (#WorldSBK) on the same weekend.

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