Millville, NJ (September 6, 2011) – The Michael Jordan Motorsports (MJM) team and riders Ben Bostrom and Roger Lee Hayden got stronger as the season progressed and their hard work paid off, with podium finishes at the 2011 AMA Pro National Guard Superbike Championship finale at New Jersey Motorsports Park in Millville, New Jersey this weekend. Bostrom finished a very close second on Saturday and was fifth in Sunday’s race. After battling to fourth place in Saturday’s contest, teammate Hayden made an impressive charge through the field on Sunday to finish third.
Jordan Suzuki’s Bostrom had his best ride of the 2011 season on his Michael Jordan Motorsports Suzuki GSX-R1000, finishing a close second place in Saturday’s race after staying on the leader’s tail until the very end. Sunday’s race was a barnburner, with Bostrom using his third-place qualifying position to get a great start and trade for podium positions throughout the race. On the last lap, Bostrom ran off the track but recovered to finish in fifth place.
“It was a great weekend,” Bostrom said. “The Jordan Motorsports boys had an awesome bike. I came out swinging and the pace wasn’t so fast in this last race because there was a dogfight at the front and the guy at the front was trying to protect his lead, and it kept the pace pretty moderate. It made for an incredible race and probably one of the best races of the year because it kept everyone in it. My bike was really special and real fun to ride all weekend. It’s the most fun I’ve had on a motorcycle in a really long time. I really enjoyed that fight; the thrill and the adrenaline of never knowing where you’re going to finish. I was just enjoying the fight with everybody and hot dog, I wish they were all like that!”
In Saturday’s race, Hayden used his National Guard Jordan Suzuki GSX-R1000 to duke it out with older brother Tommy Hayden and Blake Young for the last podium position, with Roger Lee ultimately finishing fourth. On Sunday, Hayden overcame a poor start to charge from eighth place at the mid-point of the race to a well-deserved third place and the final spot on the podium.
“In the second part of the race, I had fallen all the way back to eighth place,” said Hayden about Sunday’s race. “I started moving forward with ten laps to go. I figured I better make a push if I wanted to get on the podium. It was a crazy race – people crashing and guys all over the place. I got lucky a few times; some people went wide and I slipped in a few gaps. On the last lap, I closed up on Blake. He had a moment coming out of the esses section there. I got a good drive and I tried to get up the inside of him there, but he was able to hang on and close the door. I ended up third – a pretty good race for me and a good way to end the season strong for me and the team; something to build on for next year.”
In the final 2011 AMA American Superbike Championship series rider point standings, Bostrom finished in fifth place and Hayden finished in sixth place.
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