MICHAEL JORDAN MOTORSPORTS BRINGS HOME TWO TOP-FIVE FINISHES AT MID-OHIO SUPERBIKE RACE
July 16, 2013
LEXINGTON, OH (July 14, 2013) - The Michael Jordan Motorsports team wrapped up a solid weekend of racing at the AMA Pro National Guard Superbike Championships at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in Lexington, OH, this weekend. Jordan Suzuki’s Danny Eslick celebrated some of his best results this year with two fourth-place finishes, while National Guard Jordan Suzuki’s Roger Hayden picked up two respectable eighth-place finishes.
Jordan Suzuki’s Eslick started the weekend by qualifying on the front row of the grid. In Saturday’s race, he got a good start on his Jordan Suzuki GSX-R1000 and turned smooth, consistent laps to finish fourth. On Sunday, Eslick got another good launch and, once again, did what he had to do to bring home fourth. These results moved him up in the overall championship points and marked Eslick’s best performance since the season-opening round.
“The weekend started pretty good,” said Eslick. “The Jordan Suzuki GSX-R1000 was fast right out of the box and helped me get the weekend off on the right foot. Both my races were pretty much the same. I got good starts and was able to hang with the lead guys. It was tough to keep up with them but I was doing it, and then I made a few mistakes and lost some time. But this was the best weekend I’ve had as far as feeling comfortable with the bike and getting my confidence up. So now, we’ll head for Laguna Seca and hopefully talk about winning next weekend.”
National Guard Jordan Suzuki teammate Hayden also enjoyed a good showing in qualifying and picked up the second spot on the grid. In both races, Hayden got excellent starts on his Jordan Suzuki GSX-R1000 and ran in a podium position. Unfortunately, he suffered some issues midway through both races but still managed to bring home two top-10 finishes.
“It was a tough weekend,” allowed Hayden. “We struggled a bit at first but the team worked hard and gave me a good bike with the Jordan Suzuki GSX-R1000. I was able to run with the leaders in Saturday’s race until we had some tire problems midway through. So we switched tires on Sunday and I was able to keep up with the frontrunners until I made a mistake with a false neutral. I feel bad for my guys because they worked hard and made my bike really good after we struggled on the first day. Now I’m glad we only have a few days off before we get another chance at it. Laguna Seca has always been a good track for me and I’m looking forward to that race.”
Representing MJM’s 600cc contingency, National Guard Celtic Racing Suzuki’s Corey Alexander took over the championship points lead in AMA Pro SuperSport East after finishing seventh in Saturday’s event and fourth in Sunday’s race. National Guard Celtic Racing Suzuki teammate James Rispoli also celebrated two solid finishes in AMA Pro Daytona SportBike, finishing fifth on Sunday and seventh the day before.
In the 2013 AMA Pro National Guard Superbike Championship series rider point standings, Hayden sits in fourth place while Eslick moved up to fifth. In AMA Pro Daytona SportBike, Rispoli is fifth, while Alexander leads AMA Pro SuperSport East. The Michael Jordan Motorsports team’s next event of the 2013 AMA Pro National Guard Superbike Championship series is at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca in Monterey, CA, the weekend of July 19 - 21, 2013.
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