Michael Jordan Motorsports Double Podiums at Barber SuperBike Race
NEWS June 25, 2013
Photo by Brian J Nelson
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MJM’s National Guard Celtic Racing Suzuki cards top-10 results in Daytona SportBike and SuperSport
BIRMINGHAM, AL (June 25, 2013) – The Michael Jordan Motorsports team celebrated a spectacular weekend at the AMA Pro National Guard Superbike Championships at Barber Motorsports Park in Birmingham, AL, this weekend. National Guard Jordan Suzuki’s Roger Hayden raced his Jordan Suzuki GSX-R1000 to two podium positions, while Jordan Suzuki teammate Danny Eslick picked up two solid top-10 results.
The Barber race weekend saw National Guard Jordan Suzuki’s Hayden increase his number of podiums this season to three. In Saturday’s 21-lap race, Hayden got a good start and worked his way into second place by making the most of his Jordan Suzuki GSX-R1000. In Sunday’s race, Hayden again got a good launch and put his head down to bring home another second-place result.
“On Saturday, it was a pretty good race,” said Hayden. “Though it’s a little bittersweet to be that close to winning and then to lose it by just a little bit at the end. On Sunday, my start wasn’t as good so I had to come from a little further back. This was my best weekend so far in Superbike, challenging for the win in two races. I really want to thank the National Guard Jordan Suzuki team. They’ve been working hard and I’ve been working hard. Now we need to keep doing what we’ve been doing and come out of the gate hard at Mid-Ohio and be there the whole race.”
Meanwhile, Jordan Suzuki’s Eslick overcame a brief off-track excursion on Saturday to finish eighth. Then, on Sunday he got a good start on his Jordan Suzuki GSX-R1000 and picked up the pace, running in fifth for almost 21 laps before eventually finishing sixth.
“Sunday was definitely better than Saturday,” said Eslick. “On Saturday, I got off to a good start but another rider had a big moment in front of me and I ran off the track. That put me back and I had to make my way back up to eighth. Sunday was good, I got an awesome start and I was right there with the lead pack. I tried to hold on but I wasn’t comfortable with their pace. Then I ran around in fifth and had a little battle at the end so I ended up sixth. Now I’m looking forward to Mid-Ohio. I’m feeling good on the Jordan Suzuki GSX-R1000 and I’ve done well at Mid-Ohio in the past.”
For MJM’s 600cc efforts, the National Guard Celtic Racing Suzuki team also made strides at Barber. In AMA Pro Daytona SportBike, James Rispoli carded seventh- and sixth-place finishes, while National Guard Celtic Racing Suzuki’s Corey Alexander brought home two sixth-place results in AMA Pro SuperSport.
In the 2013 AMA Pro National Guard Superbike Championship series rider point standings, Hayden sits in fourth place and Eslick is sixth. In AMA Pro Daytona SportBike, Rispoli is fifth, while Alexander is second overall in AMA Pro SuperSport East. The Michael Jordan Motorsports team’s next event of the 2013 AMA Pro National Guard Superbike Championship series is at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in Lexington, OH, the weekend of July 12 - 14, 2013.
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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