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Jordan Suzuki finds Success at California Speedway Test

February 9, 2006

The Jordan Suzuki team finished their two-day test at California Speedway in Fontana, Calif., on Wed., Feb. 8, 2006, and walked away ready for the season-opening round of AMA Superbike in March. The three-man Michael Jordan-sponsored Suzuki team of Jason Pridmore, Steve Rapp and Jake Holden all put their GSX-R1000s through their paces on the 21-turn, 2.36-mile circuit.

“We left California Speedway with a good result,” said Jordan Suzuki Team Coordinator Rich Alexander. “We learned some stuff that we needed to know. Jake had time to get familiar with the new bikes; Steve put in some good laps on the Superstock bike and was third fastest. And Jason’s test was a success in that we learned that as far as R&D goes, we’re not far off.”

Pridmore explained that although he’d made progress with the Superbike, they have work to do with the Superstock machine. “I hate saying that I struggled,” he admitted. “But I struggled. This place just doesn’t flow for me. But we’re ready for Daytona -- the test there in December was great, and I’ve been training and I’m healthy.”

Teammates Rapp and Holden, meanwhile, focused on the Jordan Suzuki GSX-R1000 Superstock machines that they will also contest in AMA Superbike. “We tested shocks, different set-ups, tires,” said Rapp. “We were trying to improve on last year’s race set-up and we did. We’ve made the bike a lot better.”

Added the newly signed Holden: “We were just really focusing on getting the Jordan Suzuki GSX-R1000 running right. We wanted to make sure there are no glitches and the team wanted me to make sure my wrist is totally healed after my injury at Virginia last year. But the bike is up to par and I’m 100 percent for Daytona.”

The Jordan Suzuki team’s first race is the season-opening round of AMA Superbike, scheduled for March 8-11 at Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Fla.

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