Jomes in action at Darwin

Mike Jones Impresses at Sepang

6 May 2011

Reece Bancell Scholarship/Yamaha rider Mike Jones has had an amazing weekend, finishing 3rd overall in the first round of the 2011 PETRONAS Asia Road Racing Championship (ARRC) in Malaysia. Jones was partnered with team mate Hafiz Syahrin Abdulla for the PETRONAS SYNTIUM MOTO Yamaha Raceline Team sponsored by Finson Seafoods.

After just cleaning up at Round 3 of the Australian Superbike Championships in Darwin, Mike headed straight to Malaysia where he began testing at the Sepang and Melaka circuits. Having never travelled overseas before Mike was adjusting to the new culture, language, food and people whilst his mechanics had their work cut out for them, working overtime to prepare two Yamaha R6’s for the round.

On race day, pitted against the likes of World Supersport rider Katsuaki Fujiwara, the 17 year old started from 4th on the grid and reined in a 4th & 5th position respectively for the two races, to place him 3rd overall in the first round.

"This is the first time I have travelled outside of Australia and it has been an exceptional experience. I really enjoyed visiting Malaysia and competing in Round 1 of the 2011 PETRONAS Asia Road Racing Championship. 

I was very pleased with the results and I wish to thank the PETRONAS SYNTIUM MOTO Yamaha Raceline Team for giving me the opportunity to compete. I would also like to make a special mention to the following individual people for their tireless efforts to ensure I was able to compete on the race weekend: Barry Leong, Tony Wilson, Ian Irving, Stewart Winton, Shafie Harun, Hibbatuulah M Fuad, Mohd Kaizal, Eddie Yap and my father.”

Now back on home soil Mike is looking forward to continuing his assault on the Australian Superbike Championships, Round 4 being held at Queensland Raceway 3 – 5 June, before heading back overseas to Indonesia for Round 2 of the ARRC at the Sentul circuit on 9 – 12 June

For more info on the ARRC visit: http://www.arrc.com.my/

Keep up to date with Mike Jones at: www.mikejonesracing.com.au

Personal supporters of Mike Jones: Yamaha / California Superbike School / SW Racing / Draggin Jeans / Alpinestars / RST Leathers / KBC Helmets / Tech Spec Tank Grips / RIAA / Tampico Tools / Hansen Racecraft / Mick’s Fix Leather Repairs / A1 Motorcycle Race Paint / Mototrack Accessories / Ethos Orthodontics / Hel Brakelines

Reece Bancell Scholarship supporters: Yamaha / YRD / GYTR / Sportsbike Tyre Warmers / Anderson Stands / Goodridge / Motul Oils / JT Sprockets / RK Chains / Racers Edge / Champions Ride Days / Keith Muir Photography / Motorcycling Australia

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