Michael Jordan Motorsports Turns in Top-10 Performance in World SuperBike at Laguna Seca
NEWS September 30, 2013
Photo by Brian J Nelson
Courtesy of Michael Jordan Motorsports:
MONTEREY, CA (September 29, 2013) – The Michael Jordan Motorsports team took a successful turn on the world stage this past weekend when Roger Hayden and Danny Eslick raced their Jordan Suzuki GSX-R1000s as wildcard entries in the FIM Superbike World Championship at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca in Monterey, CA.
National Guard Jordan Suzuki’s Hayden turned in a stellar performance on Sunday, getting a top-10 start on his Jordan Suzuki GSX-R1000 and moving quickly into seventh place. He set a strong pace and stayed in seventh for much of the event before finishing eighth.
“Racing World Superbike was a good experience,” said Hayden. “To come here and race against some of the best riders in the world, without making any changes to the bike was amazing. We showed up and rode what we had in New Jersey. All in all, it was a great weekend. I can’t thank the Jordan Suzuki team enough. They put so much hard work into this. To come here and get eighth on the Suzuki GSX-R1000 that we race in AMA shows how good the bike is and it was good for our series, too.”
Meanwhile, Jordan Suzuki’s Eslick also turned in a very respectable performance. On Sunday, he raced his Jordan Suzuki GSX-R1000 in the top 10 for several laps before a minor error lost him a few positions. Despite the setback, Eslick put his head down and finished the race in 14th.
“Racing against some of the best riders in the world in World Superbike was awesome,” said Eslick. "In Sunday's race, I was around 10th when I lost the rear and almost crashed. I ran off the track and lost some time and wound up 14th. But really, I just wanted to finish the race. That was the goal for this weekend. So we held our own and showed those boys that the Americans can ride.”
In the 2013 AMA Pro National Guard Superbike Championship series that MJM has raced all season, Hayden captured six podium finishes on his way to securing fourth in the overall championship point standings. MJM teammate Eslick brought home 10 top-10 finishes and wound up fifth in the overall championship point standings.
In AMA Pro Daytona SportBike, National Guard Celtic Racing Suzuki’s James Rispoli suffered mechanical issues and was unable to finish the race. In the overall championship points standings, Rispoli was seventh. Having wrapped up the AMA Pro SuperSport season at the previous round, newly crowned AMA Pro SuperSport East Champion Corey Alexander raced alongside his teammate in Daytona SportBike but had a get-off and retired early for the day.
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. For more information on MJM, please visit www.23race.com, www.twitter.com/23race and www.facebook.com/23race.
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