MOE brothers Nathan Jones and Tyson Jones will go head-to-head this weekend at Broadford as both riders kick it up a gear in their quest to claim the coveted Superbike trophy at the 2016 Motul Pirelli Victorian Road Racing Championships that takes place this weekend, September 24-25.
Older brother Nathan, 32, currently sits just 6 points ahead of younger brother Tyson, 30, as the thrilling third round of the state’s premier road racing competition heats up at the State Motorcycle Sports Complex.
Nathan, who finished third, fifth and second in his three races at the second round at Phillip Island in August, is hoping to maintain his slender lead this weekend. “I’m definitely looking forward to it. I haven’t ridden there since the first round which was back in April.
“I’m really keen to get back into it and have a competitive weekend,” Nathan said.
“It was good racing between me and my brother Tyson at Phillip Island. He had a bit more pace than me at the last round but just couldn’t get the result in the end. I was pretty happy to extend my lead in the championship heading into round three,” Nathan added.
On this weekend, Nathan’s goals are: “I hope to be able to win all three races. Tyson is the threat in the championship so my focus will be on him and not letting him take away to many points from me but winning all three races is definitely the aim,” he said.
Tyson, who finished fourth, third and third in his three races at Phillip Island, is aiming take over his brother at Broadford this weekend. “Phillip Island went well. I managed to beat Nathan (in Race 2) but just a few bad starts cost me. I was happy with the performance,” Tyson said.
“I’m not far off my brother, but I lost a point at Phillip Island in the end,” he added. “I’m looking forward to Broadford.
“Phillip Island was the first time I rode the bike since Race Centre played around with the bike’s suspension and it’s definitely looking promising. It’ll be good to get back to Broadford with that and hopefully we maintain a good pace,” Tyson continued.
On this weekend, Tyson’s goals are: “Win; to close the gap on Nathan and to score more points than him is the aim,” Tyson said.
It’s not all sibling rivalry, however, as the Jones boys plan on teaming up for the Mallala 3 Hour Race in Adelaide, South Australia in November straight after the final round of the VRRC. “It’s something different,” Nathan added.\
“It’s good to be able to team-up with Tyson and race as a team every now and again. It was good fun last year,” he said.
Nathan and Tyson would both like to thank 3J Racing, Race Centre, Cykel, and Pirelli Tyres for all their support this season.
Round 3 of the 2016 Motul Pirelli Victorian Road Racing Championship kicks into high gear this Saturday, September 24 at Broadford’s State Motorcycle Sports Complex from 9am. Spectator entry is free.
For more information please visit: www.vrrc.com.au.