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Old 02-18-2016, 11:10 AM   #1
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Troy Bayliss team to wildcard at Phillip Island WSBK opener

Aussie superbike champion Mike Jones will ride a DesmoSport Ducati at first round of the 2016 World Superbike championship

THREE-TIME World Superbike champion Troy Bayliss has got his DemoSport Ducati team a wildcard entry to the opening round of the 2016 WSBK championship in Phillip Island.

Bayliss won’t be racing though, instead reigning Australian superbike champion Mike Jones will be lining up on the grid on a WSBK-spec Ducati Panigale.

The first round of the Australian superbike championship coincides with the season opener of world superbikes on the weekend of the February 26-27, so Jones looks set for a busy weekend as he rides in both WSBK races and his domestic championship.

The DesmoSport teams has spent the past few months getting ready to complete in the 2016 Aussie superbike championship, and a one-off entry into the WSBK marks the launch of the squad.

Bayliss, who announced his permenant retirement in 2015 before returning to WSBK to wildcard in Thailand and Australia, broke the news on Facebook, saying: This has all happened fast but I am excited for our team to roll into Phillip Island for the first round of Australian Superbikes and World Superbikes. Big thanks to all our partners, won't show you the bikes yet but they are sweet.’

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