Motorcycle Racing News Roger Lee Hayden to Jordan Suzuki SBK

Roger Lee Hayden to Jordan Suzuki SBK

2011 AMA Superbike

After a year racing for Kawasaki in the World Superbike Championship, the youngest of the Hayden brothers, Roger Lee Hayden, returns to AMA Pro Racing.

In 2011, Roger Lee Hayden will contest on the Michael Jordan Motorsports (MJM) National Guard #54 Suzuki GSX-R1000 in the AMA Pro Racing Superbike Championship.

Roger Lee Hayden says: "It’s an honor to represent the soldiers who are our first responders at home and who are called to duty around the world."

The 27-year-old Kentuckian will be teammates with another fresh face on the MJM Superbike team, Ben Bostrom. The 2009 Daytona 200 winner and 2008 AMA SuperSport Champion will compete on the #23 Jordan Suzuki GSX-R 1000.

Ben Bostrom says: "Riding the Jordan Suzuki bike is something I’m really looking forward to, I’m proud to represent the achievements, style and passion of Michael Jordan. I’m pumped!"

Roger Hayden finished 19th this year in the World Superbike Championship after struggling with the ZX-10R all season. He has much better luck in AMA Pro Racing, taking the 2007 AMA SuperSport Championship; that seem year he finished eight in the AMA Superbike Championship.

As for MotoGP competition, Roger Hayden raced as a wild card for Kawasaki at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, taking 10th place.

In 2010, he rode as a wildcard for the injured Randy de Puniet at Sachsenring for the German Grand Prix, finishing 11th. He then contested on a Moriwaki Moto2 machine at Indianapolis Grand Prix, a team run by World Champion Kevin Schwantz. He DNF’d due to a crash.

Roger is the youngest brother of 2006 MotoGP Champion Nicky Hayden and Rockstar Makita Suzuki rider Tommy Hayden, who finished second overall this year behind AMA Superbike winner Josh Hayes.

Hayden and Bostrom are currently testing their bikes and preparing for the upcoming AMA Superbike season at the JenningsGP facility in Jennings, Fla. The first race of the nine-round season will be at Daytona March 11-12.

Kreig Robinson (MJM Vice President of Corporate Relations) says: "The Hayden and Bostrom names, as well as their talent, are known the world over. We’re confident in Roger Lee’s and Ben’s commitment to building the Michael Jordan Motorsports franchise into a true championship contender in 2011."

About Michael Jordan Motorsports

Michael Jordan Motorsports is proud to partner with: Jordan Brand (a division of Nike), National Guard, American Suzuki, Upper Deck, Hanes, Gatorade, Bazzaz, MMI – Motorcycle Mechanics Institute, Vortex Racing Components, Gemini Racing, K-Tech Suspension-Orient Express Racing, Maxima Racing Oils, K & N Air Filters, Dainese Leathers, AGV Helmets, Ancra Tie-downs, Chicken Hawk Racing Tire Warmers, Armour Bodies, DID Chains, Factory Pro Dyno, Roclun International, STAR Motorcycle School, Motion Pro Tools, Zero Gravity Windscreens, with transportation provided by Eastside Trucking.

The National Guard is the oldest component of the Armed Forces of the United States and one of the nation’s longest enduring institutions. The National Guard operates in all 50 states, three territories (Puerto Rico, Guam and the Virgin Islands) and the District of Columbia. For more information, visit the National Guard’s Web site at nationalguard.com.

Legendary NBA star Michael Jordan formed Michael Jordan Motorsports in 2004 as a result of his passion for motorcycle racing. His mission is to bring a new level of excellence and style to the motorcycle racing industry.

Ron Lieback
Ron Lieback
One of the few moto journalists based on the East Coast, Ron Lieback joined the motorcycle industry as a freelancer in 2007, and is currently Online Editor at Ultimate Motorcycling. He is also the author of "365 to Vision: Modern Writer's Guide (How to Produce More Quality Writing in Less Time).

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