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Lexington, OH (July 10, 2011) – Michael Jordan Motorsports (MJM) rider Roger Lee Hayden earned his first-ever AMA Pro Superbike podium finish with a great ride to third place and a Suzuki podium sweep in Sunday’s race at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in Lexington, OH, bettering his fine fourth place on Saturday. Teammate Ben Bostrom earned valuable points with a Saturday finish just outside the top ten, then raced to a hard-fought sixth place in Sunday’s event during the sixth round of the 2011 AMA Pro National Guard Superbike Championship.
Hayden used his National Guard Jordan Suzuki GSX-R1000 and his front row starting position to run with the race leaders throughout the race on Saturday, finishing a very close fourth. On Sunday, he joined older brother Tommy Hayden as part of a Suzuki sweep of the Mid-Ohio podium. Hayden remains in seventh place in the championship points race.
“The weekend at Mid-Ohio was really good for me,” said Hayden. “We were pretty solid on pace all weekend. The first race was going pretty good, but we made the wrong tire choice in the rear and it was having some problems toward the end of the race, and I lost touch with the leaders with two laps to go. For the second race, I switched rear tires and my National Guard Jordan Suzuki was working really well. It was a fun race and a hard battle. The top four guys were duking it out pretty hard. I got my first Superbike podium today and I’m really excited. It’s been a long time coming. I’ve got to thank my team for working hard and believing in me. Now I look forward to Laguna Seca, a track I like and I’ve done fairly well there in the past, and to keep this roll going.”
Prior to a red flag interruption on the eighth lap of Saturday’s race, Jordan Suzuki’s Ben Bostromhad gotten a great start and was racing with teammate Hayden and the race leaders, but was run wide on the restart and recovered to finish in 14th place. On Sunday, Bostrom got a good start and had a spirited battle to finish in sixth place, which moves him to sixth place in the championship.
“I can't thank the Jordan Motorsports Suzuki crew enough for an amazing bike,” said Bostrom. “On the restart yesterday, I was avoiding hitting Roger, got into the marbles and it shredded my tire. Today, I asked for more grip. The team delivered, but then she wouldn’t steer and destroyed the front. Unfortunately, the rider chose a setup that didn’t show the bike’s potential. Fortunately, Roger did well on the National Guard bike. I’m looking forward to Laguna Seca and doing my best to give Michael Jordan his first win for 2011. I am a true believer in his quote, ‘I failed over and over again and that's why I succeed.’ I feel this has been my season and I am a terrible quitter. I will win!”
The Michael Jordan Motorsports team’s next event of the 2011 AMA Pro Superbike Championship series is at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca in Monterey, California on July 22-24, 2011.
ABOUT MICHAEL JORDAN MOTORSPORTS:
Legendary NBA star Michael Jordan formed Michael Jordan Motorsports in 2004 as a result of his passion for motorcycle racing. His mission is to bring a new level of excellence and style to the motorcycle racing industry.
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Michael Jordan Motorsports is proud to partner with: Jordan Brand (a division of Nike), National Guard, American Suzuki, Upper Deck, Hanes, Gatorade, Bazzaz, MMI - Motorcycle Mechanics Institute, Vortex Racing Components, Gemini Racing, K-Tech Suspension-Orient Express Racing, Maxima Racing Oils, K & N Air Filters, Dainese Leathers, AGV Helmets, Ancra Tie-downs, Chicken Hawk Racing Tire Warmers, Armour Bodies, DID Chains, FMF Racing Exhaust, Factory Pro Dyno, Roclun International, Hannspree, STAR Motorcycle School, Motion Pro Tools, Zero Gravity Windscreens, with transportation provided by Eastside Trucking.
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