Michael Jordan Motorsports Double-Podiums at Season-Opening Daytona SuperBike Race
NEWS March 18, 2012
Photo by Brian J. Nelson
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (March 18, 2012) – The Michael Jordan Motorsports (MJM) team started the 2012 AMA Pro National Guard SuperBike season by celebrating two podium finishes at the season-opening round at Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Fla., this past weekend. National Guard Jordan Suzuki rider Roger Hayden brought home well-earned third-place results in both Friday’s and Saturday’s 15-lap races.
In both events, Hayden took advantage of his front-row grid position and got good starts on the National Guard Jordan Suzuki GSX-R1000. On Friday, he battled for the final podium spot for the first several laps before settling into third position, and held on until race’s end. Likewise, Saturday’s race saw Hayden charging hard in fourth position and aggressively scrapping for third and taking the final spot on the podium.
“This was a pretty good start to the season,” said Hayden. “Coming away with two podiums was a good start, and we’re leaving Daytona with some good points. We were able to see where we stack up against the other guys, and we know what we need to improve on to close the gap to the top two. Today (Saturday), the race was a little bit tougher for me than yesterday (Friday), but I was glad I could hang on for the podium, especially for the Jordan team – they’ve been working their tails off all year. Two podium finishes was a good start and it’s something we can build on, as I look forward to Atlanta.”
Teammate Ben Bostrom suffered some plain, old-fashioned bad luck at Daytona. He started out strong in both races, getting good starts on the Jordan Suzuki GSX-R1000 on each day. But while running in the top five on Friday and Saturday, Bostrom went down and had to remount and pick his way through the field. He finished 13th on Friday and 15th on Saturday.
“It was a tough weekend for number 23,” said Bostrom. “I’m not sure I can remember the last time I crashed out of a race, much less two races. I know the package we have for the upcoming tracks, though, and that keeps my mood right. The Jordan team has done a great job this winter and I hate to let them down. It was great to see Roger on the box.”
In the 2012 AMA Pro National Guard Superbike Championship series rider point standings, Hayden sits in third place and Bostrom is in 14th place. The Michael Jordan Motorsports team’s next event of the AMA Pro National Guard Superbike series is at Road Atlanta in Braselton, GA, the weekend of April 20 – 22, 2012.
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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ABOUT THE ARMY NATIONAL GUARD:
The National Guard is the oldest military branch. Today, Citizen-Soldiers hold civilian jobs or attend college while training part time, staying ready to defend America in the event of an emergency. The National Guard serves both state and federal governments. During local emergencies, Guard units assist residents endangered by storms, floods, fires and other disasters. Guard companies deployed overseas may see combat, but are often found building schools and hospitals, training local peacekeepers or teaching local farmers more efficient techniques and better uses of their land.
Michael Jordan Motorsports is proud to partner with: Jordan Brand (a division of Nike), National Guard, American Suzuki, Hanes, Gatorade, Bazzaz, Vortex Racing Components, FMF Exhausts, Gemini Racing, K-Tech Suspension-Orient Express Racing, Maxima Racing Oils, Mechanix Wear, K & N Air Filters, Dainese Leathers, AGV Helmets, Ancra Tie-downs, Chicken Hawk Racing Tire Warmers, Armour Bodies, DID Chains, Factory Pro Dyno, Roclun International, Cardo Scala Rider, STAR Motorcycle School, Motion Pro Tools, Zero Gravity Windscreens, with transportation provided by Eastside Trucking.
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