Team Suzuki Press Office – March 16. The 2012 American Superbike Championship kicks off this weekend with Suzuki teams Michael Jordan Motorsports (MJM) and Yoshimura Suzuki both fielding strong two-rider attacks with their GSX-R1000s at the AMA Pro Racing National Guard-sponsored opener at Daytona International Speedway in Florida.
MJM’s Ben Bostrom, piloting the #23 Jordan Suzuki and Roger Lee Hayden, aboard the #54 National Guard Suzuki, are riding high on the heels of successful pre-season testing. The new season marks the second consecutive year for both riders with MJM, further solidifying critical motorcycle development and placing the teams on pace for the opening event.
“We ended the 2011 on a high note and we plan to maintain that momentum heading into the new season,” said Kreig Robinson, Michael Jordan Motorsports’ Vice President of Corporate Development. “Fluid development in the off-season means that we don’t have to go back to the drawing board at the season’s end. In trying to get ahead of the competition, keeping the same riders definitely helps that process.”
Bostrom said: “The Jordan team has given me the tools and now it’s up to me to be the craftsman.”
“My crew has put in the hours, blood, sweat and tears to give me a bike that I can be successful on. I’ve been ready since New Jersey to get back on the box,” said Hayden.
Bostrom and Hayden finished fifth and sixth respectively in the 2011 AMA Pro Racing National Guard Superbike Championship.
In the Yoshimura Suzuki camp, 2011 AMA Superbike Championship runner-up Blake Young is joined by team newcomer Chris Clark, who finished the season in eighth position. Both riders have enjoyed positive pre-season testing aboard their GSX-R1000s and are ready to race for the Championship.