The AMA Pro Racing National Guard American Superbike Championship gets back on track July 4th weekend at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca in Monterey, CA and the Michael Jordan Motorsports (MJM) teams are ready for action. The 2.238 mile racetrack is one of the most historic venues on the Championship calendar and has produced some fabulous racing during its illustrious history. MJM teams enjoyed success at the track last season, with both Aaron Yates (first and third places) and Geoff May (third place) standing on the Laguna Seca podium.
With Round 7 of the 2009 AMA Championship taking place concurrently with the MotoGP World Championship, the Laguna Seca race takes on special meaning and is a "can’t miss" round for roadracing fans. As both MJM riders look to once again make their way onto the rostrum, they will be racing with one-off livery on both of their Suzuki GSX-R 1000 motorcycles, showcasing the uniqueness of the joint round and importance of the July 4th holiday.
Jordan Suzuki #23
The #23 Jordan Suzuki team, headed by rider Aaron Yates, comes into Round 7 fresh off a podium finish at Road America in what pundits have called the best AMA Superbike race of the year. The team is now focused solely on the second half of the AMA season and Laguna Seca marks the first race back after the mid-season break. Yates, a race winner at Laguna in 2008, and his Jordan Suzuki will feature special colorways for this hallmark race that fans will be sure to want to check out up close in the Jordan Suzuki pits. The 2009 GSX-R will have a modified paint scheme for this one round, along with a custom laser-etched exhaust canister, compliments of LeoVince USA.
Aaron Yates Speaks…. (7th in the Championship with 152 points)
"I’m looking forward to racing again at Laguna Seca," said Yates. "We’ve had some good results at Laguna with a podium last year in Superbike and race win in Superstock. It’s a track I know my Jordan Suzuki GSX-R 1000 can get around well and one that demands a physical rider. The GP guys being in town creates some challenges with our scheduling, but we’re just going to go out there and get the job done for our fans and sponsors."
National Guard Jordan Suzuki #54
Geoff May and the #54 National Guard Jordan Suzuki squad know they represent more than themselves each and every round. Flying the colors of the National Guard, they represent the thousands of U.S. troops stationed around the world and that takes on special importance as Round 7 at Laguna Seca is host to the U.S. Grand Prix on July 4th weekend. May and the #54 team are more prepared than ever and come into the race weekend fresh off the mid-season break. To further showcase the patriotic nature of this event, May will be sporting one-off items for the landmark round. Eagle-eyed fans can look for special colorways on Geoff’s helmet and GSXR, which feature new schemes highlighting features of the U.S. flag, along with a custom laseretched LeoVince exhaust canister continuing the motif.
Geoff May Speaks… (6th in the Championship with 161 points)
"This is an important race for the National Guard Jordan Suzuki team," said May. "Seeing as how the race takes place over July 4th weekend, I’m really looking forward to going out there and representing for all the fans and troops. We were on the podium here last year and I’m expecting to get back on it this round. The #54 team is ready and we’re going to put on a good show for the fans."