We meet up with defending ASBK Champ Mike Jones at SMP

Fast chat with Mike Jones after opening day of ASBK Testing

With the Quantity One plate emblazoned on the entrance of the Yamaha Racing Crew YZF-R1M for the primary time since 2008, defending champion Mike Jones is decided to maintain it there for numerous years.

The Wednesday of the ASBK SMP Take a look at was the primary time on observe for the freshly prepped 2023 YRT YZF-R1M, which earlier than Wednesday had solely performed a brief dyno run on the manufacturing unit workshop earlier than the workforce headed to SMP for the two-day take a look at. 

After 4 periods on the opening day, Jones was fourth on the timesheets about half-a-second behind his workforce mate Cru Halliday who claimed the bragging rights to finish the day on prime, however Jones is way from careworn with 4 extra periods in entrance of him right now.

MB: So how was the day on the brand new bike?

MJ: “It was the primary time on the R1M at begin of right now with the model new 2023 mannequin bike, so within the first session we had been simply operating these bikes in and going via the method.

“Within the subsequent few periods we had been engaged on a couple of totally different set-ups as a result of we had been looking for out what fits me, and what I like from the bike round right here.

“We labored on a bunch of various stuff right now with electronics and chassis each of these issues mixed collectively to attempt to work out what feels comfy for me.

“Within the final session (opening day) we made a little bit of progress and began to get on prime of the settings and I believe that we completed up in a great place so I’m trying ahead to driving tomorrow to search out a couple of extra issues.”

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MB: How does the brand new bike examine with clearly totally different energy supply and so forth? And the way does it swimsuit the tyres?

MJ: “From a tyre viewpoint there are a few various things we have now to have a look at. As you mentioned we had been right here on the apply bike a few weeks in the past for the summer time evening sequence, and the facility supply is totally different on the outdated bike in comparison with this present mannequin, and as nicely we have now a couple of further sections which were resurfaced, however total the way in which the bike is utilizing the tyres is kind of good, and as at all times that’s most likely a energy of the R1M. I don’t suppose that’s going to be too large of a difficulty for us come race day.”

MB: Though you weren’t on the prime of the time-sheets are you proud of had been you might be?

MJ: “Sure, undoubtedly. The principle factor for me is simply specializing in me and my progress.”

MB: You could have two totally different thoughts units don’t you? A testing thoughts set and a race thoughts set…

MJ: “It’s been a trait of mine, the place I’m a really reactive kind of individual . Once you put me below a strain surroundings it appears to be the place I’m able to knuckle down, get targeted and carry out at my finest, however in a testing state of affairs there’s not that degree of strain to carry out.

“Clearly we’re right here to discover a setting that’s usually comfy for the bike and me, and simply work via a wide range of totally different settings so there – as a lot as you wish to be the quickest man at all times – there’s no strain to try this, so I discover from a mindset viewpoint, testing will not be my strongest place to be, however racing for the win is the place I appear to excel, so it that regard I’m very proud of how we went after sooner or later.”

2023 ASBK Calendar

2023 ASBK Calendar
Spherical Circuit Location Date
Take a look at Sydney Motorsport Park NSW Feb 1-2
R1 Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit VIC Feb 24-26
R2 Sydney Motorsports Park NSW Mar 24-25
R3 Queensland Raceway QLD Apr 28-30
R4 Hidden Valley Raceway NT Jun 16-18
R5 Morgan Park Raceway QLD Jul 14-16
R6 Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit VIC Oct 27-29
R7 The Bend Motorsport Park SA Dec 1 – 3