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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.

 

 

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