Team Suzuki Press Office - June 3.
The Michael Jordan Motorsports team celebrated its first AMA Pro National Guard Superbike podium of the year at the Road America second round in Elkhart Lake at the weekend.
MJM's 600cc contingency also had plenty to cheer about as National Guard Celtic Racing Suzuki's Corey Alexander swept both wins in AMA Pro SuperSport.
In the premier Superbike class, National Guard Jordan Suzuki's Roger Hayden turned in a solid effort on the Jordan Suzuki GSX-R1000. The Kentucky native put his head down and was there to capitalise on others mistakes, with the result being a third-placed finish on Saturday. On Sunday, he turned in another respectable performance and brought home fourth.
"We struggled some this weekend," admitted Hayden. "On Saturday, we were lucky to get on the podium. On Sunday, I was faster, I felt better and I was a lot closer to the lead-pack, but then I made a mistake and lost touch with the group. I'm a little disappointed about that, but this one is past us now. For some reason, I've never done well at Road America, so now I'm just looking forward to putting on a good show at Barber."
Jordan Suzuki's newest rider Danny Eslick continued to familiarise himself with the Jordan Suzuki GSX-R1000. Eslick was the picture of consistency over the weekend picking up two fifth-place finishes.
Said Eslick: "It was a good weekend. It started off a little rough because I was off the pace. Then I had a crash in qualifying and that set me back, but my Jordan Suzuki crew worked hard to give me a good bike for the rest of the weekend. In Saturday's race I got a bad start and had to work my way up and I lost the lead pack, so it was a lonely race for me. On Sunday, I got a good start on the Jordan Suzuki GSX-R1000 and was able to hang in there. I'm still struggling a little as I get to know the bike but with some more seat time, we should be right there with them."
In AMA Pro SuperSport, National Guard Celtic Racing Suzuki's Alexander rode flawlessly on his Suzuki GSX-R600 to take both SuperSport wins. National Guard Celtic Racing Suzuki team-mate James Rispoli carded two seventh-placed finishes in AMA Pro Daytona SportBike.
"It's definitely a good feeling to get back up on the podium and take the win," said Alexander. "My National Guard Celtic Racing team gave me a great bike with the Suzuki GSX-R600, so hats off to the whole team. Everybody put in a strong effort and we had some good battles out there. Now, we have some momentum going into Barber and I'm excited."
In the 2013 AMA Pro National Guard Superbike Championship series rider point standings, Eslick sits in fifth place and Hayden is sixth. In AMA Pro Daytona Sportbike, Rispoli moved up to fifth, while Alexander is second in AMA Pro SuperSport.
The Michael Jordan Motorsports team's next event of the 2013 AMA Pro National Guard Superbike Championship series is at Barber Motorsports Park in Birmingham on June 21-23rd. Road America Image Gallery
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