Yates, May pre-race interviews NJMP
Michael Jordan Motorsports (MJM) takes to the brand new New Jersey Motorsports Park (NJMP) facility over the Labor Day weekend for the final round of this season’s AMA Pro Racing competition. With ten rounds behind them, the MJM team comes into Round 11 excited about racing at the new NJMP course and in front of what is sure to be an enthusiastic crowd. Round 11 marks AMA Pro Racing’s first foray back into the northeast market in more than five years. With great weather predicted for the three day event and several metropolitan cities close by, the final round is shaping up to be one of the strongest events of the year.
MJM riders Aaron Yates and Geoff May both familiarized themselves with the 2.25 mile "Thunderbolt" raceway at the official AMA test and came away impressed with the facility. Boasting modern amenities, a flowing layout and supportive staff, the NJMP event has quickly become one the team has looked forward to since the test. Eager to close the season out strongly, both riders come into the finale with one goal in mind: winning.
Jordan Suzuki’s Aaron Yates comes into Round 11 at NJMP looking to capitalize on a solid performance at Round 10 at Virginia International Raceway (VIR), which saw the veteran rider capture a pair of top five finishes (P4, P5). The 2008 Superstock Champion currently sits seventh in the American Superbike championship and is still seeking Michael Jordan Motorsports’ first Superbike victory. Yates, piloting his #23 GSX-R 1000, showed good speed at the AMA test at NJMP and his striking white and black Jordan Suzuki will be one fans will want to watch once the green flag flies.
Aaron Yates Speaks…
"New tracks are always fun for us riders and NJMP is no different," said Yates. "The test here went well and it’s a nice little place they have here. Our Jordan Suzuki felt good last time it was on the track and I’m really going to be going for it this weekend. The crew has worked hard all season long and I’d like to close the year out up on the podium for all the guys on the team, fans and folks that support us."
Round 11, the final round of the 2009 season, is one that Geoff May and the National Guard Jordan Suzuki team are ready for. Showing remarkable resilience during the 2009 season, the #54 team has experienced both the highs and lows of racing over the 11 round series. With three podium finishes to their credit, the National Guard Jordan Suzuki team, led by rider Geoff May, is looking to bounce back after a pair of frustrating results at Round 10 at VIR. The ultra-smooth May is always a threat to the podium and comes into New Jersey ready to fight to the finish.
Geoff May Speaks…
"It’s go time," said May. "It’s the last race of the year and it’s no secret the last few rounds haven’t been what we’ve wanted, so I’m coming out swinging here at NJMP. I’m going to do all I can do put my National Guard Jordan Suzuki back on the podium to close out the year! Our fans, friends and sponsors have been amazing all year long and I’m looking to really give them a good finish."
On-track action begins Friday, September 3rd with practice, qualifying and Superpole kicking off at 9:40 a.m. The National Guard American Superbike races then take place on both Saturday and Sunday, with same-day coverage broadcast on SpeedTV.