With the news of Ben Bostrom joining Michael Jordan Motorsports still fresh, the AMA Superbike team owned by the legendary basketball star announced Thursday who will be Boz’s teammate: Roger Lee Hayden.
The youngest of the Hayden brothers (Nicky Hayden in MotoGP, Tommy Hayden in AMA Superbike), the Kentucky native returns to AMA Racing after riding for Pedercini Kawaski in World Superbike.
Hayden also rode at the Indy MotoGP event as a wildcard Moto2 rider with legendary motorcycle champion Kevin Schwantz. Hayden’s last championship was in 2007, when he won the AMA Supersport Championship.
The 26-year-old Hayden boasts 14 career wins since 2004 and has visited the podium 38 times in his professional motorcycle racing career. He brings a renewed hunger to achieve and a desire to prove that he has what it takes to be a race winner.
Roger Lee Hayden says: “I’m so excited to be a part of Team Jordan! These guys have a great crew and I’m excited to get on the bike as soon as possible. I’m ready to show what I’m made of… It’s also good to be home, there’s no place like home.”
Kreig Robinson (MJM’s Vice President of Corporate Relations) says: “Signing Roger Lee bolsters our 2011 championship campaign.”
“We’re excited to get him testing on our equipment as soon as possible. We know that Roger Lee is going to bring the intensity and our crew is ready to unleash his potential.”.
In other AMA Superbike news regarding MJM, the teams is continues to monitor the recovery of Aaron Yates, who has decided to take the necessary time to allow his injured right leg to heal. After successful bone graft surgery in September, Yates is progressing better than expected, according to his doctors.