Team Suzuki Press Office – April 23. Michael Jordan Motorsports National Guard Suzuki rider Roger Hayden carded two top-five finishes at this weekend’s second-round AMA Superbike Championship double-header as MJM team-mate Ben Bostrom picked up a solid top-10 result.
Hayden was consistent at the Road Atlanta circuit at Braselton; the Kentucky native shining during qualifying to capture fourth and a front-row grid position. Then, in both Saturday and Sunday’s races, he battled for a podium position before bringing home two fourth-placed results.
Said Hayden: “Two fourths is a little disappointing after being on the podium twice at Daytona. At the same time, we made a run for the podium, we finished both races; and we learned some stuff. Although fourth place isn’t where we want to be, I feel like I’m riding good and the National Guard Jordan Suzuki GSX-R1000 is working great. Hopefully, we can move on to Infineon and get back on the podium.”
Bostrom also admitted to some disappointment this weekend but still put in a commendable effort: In Saturday’s race, Bostrom gave 100 per cent, getting a good start on his Jordan Suzuki GSX-R1000 and clicking off 20 smooth laps to finish eighth. On Sunday, he got another good start but suffered a get-off early in the race and was out for the day.
“It was really a tough weekend,” said Bostrom. “The Jordan Suzuki GSX-R1000 is a lot better than I’ve shown at the first few races. I’ve crashed out of three of four races and that’s unheard of. I usually don’t crash all year, so I’m not doing the bike any favours. I got eighth on Saturday but it’s not where I want to be. I’m definitely looking forward to racing at Infineon: I grew up in that area, I like the track; and I think our bike will be racing for first-place there.”
In the 2012 AMA Pro National Guard Superbike Championship series rider points standings, Hayden is currently in third place and Bostrom is in 16th.
The Michael Jordan Motorsports team’s next event of the 2012 AMA Pro National Guard Superbike Championship series is at Infineon Raceway in Sonoma, California on May 4 – 6th.