The DesmoSport Ducati team was formed in 2016 by the 2001/2006/2008 World Superbike champion Troy Bayliss and former Australian Superbike racer, Ben Henry. The Team, based out of Cube Performance Centre on the Gold Coast, competes in the Australian Superbike Championship (ASBK) against Australia’s, and some of the World’s, best Superbike racers.
MIKE JONES #46
Michael Edward Jones (born 25 February 1994) is an Australian motorcycle racer. He currently competes in the Australian Superbike Championship aboard a Ducati Panigale V4R for Desmosport Ducati. He was Australian Superbike Champion in 2015 and 2019.STATS
ACCOLADES & ACHIEVEMENTS
2019: Australian Superbike Champion
2017: European STK1000 Rookie of the Year (5th)
2016: WSBK and MotoGP Wildcard
2015: Australian Superbike Champion
2014: Australian Superbike Rider
2013: European STK 600 competitor
2012: Australian FX Nationals 600 Champion
2011: Australian Superstock 600 Champion
2011: Australian Rider of the Year
2010: Australian Superstock 600 3rd
2010: Reece Bancell Scholarship Recipient
2009: Australian 250GP Mono Champion
2008: Australian Junior 150cc and 80cc Champion
2007: Began Junior road racing
2006: Australian Mini Moto Champion
2005: Began Mini Moto racing
TROY BAYLISS TB21
Troy Bayliss (born 30 March 1969 in Taree, New South Wales, Australia) is an Australian motorcycle racer. During his career Bayliss won the Superbike World Championship three times and a MotoGP race, all with Ducati. He finished his career after winning the 2008 World Superbike title. His 52 World Superbike victories are only behind Carl Fogarty and Jonathan Rea.
Various riders have won the hearts of the fans and enthusiasts during Ducati’s history, but one in particular is universally known as the “darling” of the modern-day ducatisti: Troy Bayliss.
Troy Bayliss arrived in Superbikes at a late stage, winning the British Superbike championship on a Ducati in 1999, when he was already 30 years old. In 2000 he was beginning a new season in the American AMA series when he was unexpectedly called to Europe to replace Carl Fogarty, seriously injured at the 2000 Australian GP. Bayliss’ first race as a substitute rider for Fogarty was not a lucky one as he was involved in two accidents at the start of the race. The rider did not lose heart however and at the Italian grand prix of Monza he would amaze the crowds with a series of breath-taking passes; that same year Troy would score his first Superbike race win at Hockenheim in Germany.
The “Baylisstic” star was born.
Troy Bayliss, over the course of his rather brief career, won the Superbike rider’s title in 2001, 2006 and 2008, riding three different Ducati bikes, the 998, the 999 and the 1098. In 2003 Bayliss moved to MotoGP, lining up alongside team-mate Loris Capirossi, and at the end of that season Troy was named “rookie of the year”.
2004 did not bring the same luck as the previous year and, after an average 2005 with Honda, he decided to leave MotoGP, returning for the Valencia race of 2006 as a substitute for the injured Sete Gibernau. That race became part of history because Troy, fresh from winning the Superbike title, got back on the Desmosedici and ran rings around his rivals to score his first and only MotoGP race win.
2018 ASBK RETURN
The wheels of his comeback were set in motion in mid-2017 when DesmoSport’s regular ASBK rider Callum Spriggs was sidelined with a lingering shoulder injury — although the lure of a maiden ASBK title amid the championship’s resurgence meant Bayliss’ arm needed little twisting.
“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.”
He will be the oldest and most experienced rider on next year’s ASBK grid, and would be the oldest rider to win a national Superbike championship anywhere in the world should he claim the 2018 title.
The news is out! Mike Jones remains with DesmoSport Ducati as the team expands for Oli Bayliss!
Here's what the team had to say:
Mike Jones: "It's great to continue racing with the DesmoSport Ducati team. I've had a lot of success with this outfit in the past and I'm confident that we can win races and challenge for the championship this season. I'm especially excited about Oli joining the team, it's going to be a lot of fun and I'm looking forward to sharing my experience of the Panigale V4 R with him, and additionally, I think I'll be able to take advantage of the extra data we'll gain by having two riders on track. I'm feeling motivated, determined and ready to go racing again!"
Team Co-Owner, Ben Henry: "Mike has the potential to win every time he hits the track and continues to prove that he's a world class athlete. He has an incredible work ethic on the bike and I'm really happy that he'll be leading our 2021 ASBK campaign. Mike and I have won two championships together and I'm confident that we'll make it three in 2021".
Team Co-Owner, Troy Bayliss: "Ben and I have a great group of people and companies that support DesmoSport Ducati, and it's thanks to them that we're able to take this step forward and have two riders in the premier Superbike class. Mike is a great racer, and as he proved in 2019, more than capable of winning against the best riders and teams in Australia, and I think we'll see him racing for the win every time he's on track".
Team Co-Owner, Ben Henry: "I'm really proud to be able to give Oli this opportunity. I've watched him grow through his entire road-racing career, and his performance at Morgan Park last year was enough for Troy and I to be confident in his ability on a superbike. It for sure will be another steep learning curve, but Oli is a smart racer, and if he applies himself properly he just might surprise himself and a few others as he continues to progress in 2021".
Team Co-Owner, Troy Bayliss: "It's pretty special to have Oli make his ASBK debut on a Ducati. He's had two years racing the 600 now and learnt a lot, but we really want to keep him progressing, and after some good days riding the Panigale V4 R last year, he showed he can handle the bike. When it comes down to it, DesmoSport Ducati is a professional team and we're motivated to not only win, but also grow as a team and Oli has proven that he's fit, motivated and skilled enough to make this step forward in his career, so I'm looking forward to what the 2021 season has to offer".
Oli Bayliss: "I'm really excited to move up to superbikes this year, and I really appreciate the faith that Ben, Dad and Ducati have put in me. The Panigale V4 R is such an amazing bike to ride, and the laps and races at Morgan Park last year gave me even more confidence that I can be competitive against Australia's best racers. I'm training harder than ever and I can't wait for the test, scheduled at the end of January, to jump on my DesmoSport Ducati Panigale V4 R".