Michael Jordan Motorsports Team Captures First Victory of the Season at Homestead-Miami SuperBike Races
NEWS September 23, 2012
Photo by Brian J Nelson
Courtesy of Michael Jordan Motorsports:
HOMESTEAD, Fla. (September 23, 2012) – The Michael Jordan Motorsports (MJM) team and rider Roger Hayden celebrated their first AMA Pro National Guard SuperBike victory of the season at the series’ penultimate round at Homestead-Miami Speedway in Homestead, FL, on Saturday afternoon. The MJM team followed that spectacular performance with a third-place podium finish by Ben Bostrom on Sunday, despite inclement weather in a rain-delayed race.
On Saturday, National Guard Jordan Suzuki’s Hayden had plenty to celebrate. Hayden captured his first AMA Pro National Guard SuperBike pole position in the morning, and then went on to race his Jordan Suzuki GSX-R1000 to his first-ever SuperBike win in the afternoon. In the 23-lap race, Hayden got a great start, took the lead within the first several laps and never looked back. At one point, Hayden led the field by almost eight seconds.
“It feels really good to get my first SuperBike win,” said an emotional Hayden. “It’s been a long time since I’ve won a race. But we’ve put in a lot of work and come through a lot of injuries. A lot of people have stuck in there with me – my family, mainly – and I want to dedicate this win to my family for everything they’ve done. I also have to thank the National Guard Jordan Suzuki team because they took a chance on me when nobody else would, and I hope that this weekend makes them feel like they made the right choice.”
On Sunday, weather conditions were less than stellar and the race started with a wet track. As the sun came out, conditions were questionable, but MJM’s Bostrom did not let it affect him. The Californian started from the second spot on the grid and led briefly before settling into second. As the race progressed, Bostrom continued to battle for a podium position for all 23 laps before bringing home a well-earned third place.
“I can’t thank everybody enough,” said Bostrom. “There’s been some sketchy weather and sketchy racing, and I was just glad to be out there putting on a show for everyone. My Jordan Suzuki GSX-R1000 has been podium material all year but I haven’t been able to put it together. I haven’t had too many opportunities to shine for my team, but they’ve stood by me and now I’m looking forward to a few more opportunities to shine again at the last race weekend.”
In the 2012 AMA Pro National Guard SuperBike Championship points standings, Hayden sits in fourth place, while Bostrom moved up to sixth. The Michael Jordan Motorsports team’s next event of the 2012 AMA Pro National Guard SuperBike Championship season is the final round at NOLA Motorsports Park in New Orleans, LA, the weekend of October 5 - 7, 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. For more information on MJM, please visit www.23race.com, www.twitter.com/23race and http://www.facebook.com/23race.
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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