Infineon SBK: Michael Jordan Suzuki Report
2011 AMA Superbike
It was an up and down weekend of AMA Superbike racing for the Michael Jordan Motorsports Suzuki Team at Infineon, Calif.
The Jordan Suzuki riders, Ben Bostrom and Roger Lee Hayden, didn’t finish the race 1 at Infineon Saturday, but captured the sixth and seventh places at Race 2 Sunday.
In Saturday’s race, Jordan Suzuki’s Bostrom got a great start after qualifying on the front row and ran in fourth place before slipping to fifth, where he held the position until a mechanical issue forced him out of the race. On Sunday, Bostrom slotted into sixth place on his GSX-R1000 Suzuki and battled with team mate Hayden for the position, with Bostrom prevailing in the end. Bostrom now sits in sixth position in the Championship after four races.
Ben Bostrom (Michael Jordan Suzuki GSX-R1000) says: “Today went a little better than yesterday. We made some progress, but I hope that’s our worst race of the year. That was a tough one on one of my favorite tracks.
“I’m confident that my Michael Jordan Motorsports team will work hard on a different set-up for my GSX-R1000 and we’ll show up at Miller with a new bike. You can’t get disappointed; just have to go forward.”
Hayden on the National Guard Jordan Suzuki GSX-R1000 was running in ninth place in Saturday’s race when he was hit from behind by another competitor and knocked out of the race. But he got a good start on Sunday, racing with Bostrom before ultimately finishing in seventh place. Hayden is eighth in the Championship point’s race.
Roger Lee Hayden (National Guard Jordan Suzuki GSX-R1000) says: “This weekend was a bit of a struggle for me from the get-go. We changed the Suzuki a lot from Friday to Saturday, and it was better in the race.
“We were making up a lot of positions and moving towards the front and in the last corner, a guy ran into the back of me and we crashed. I was okay. We changed the bike again for today, and it was an improvement. I’m glad that Miller is soon because I’m ready to go again. My National Guard Jordan Suzuki team is working hard and we’ll get there.”
The Michael Jordan Motorsports team’s next event of the 2011 AMA Pro National Guard Superbike Championship series is at Miller Motorsports Park in Tooele, Utah, on May 28-30.