Team Suzuki Press Office - July 26.
Michael Jordan Motorsports riders Roger Lee Hayden and Ben Bostrom finished fourth and fifth in the AMA Pro Superbike race in front of the largest crowd of the year at Laguna Seca Raceway in Monterey, California on Sunday.
Hayden fought hard for the third-place podium position throughout the race, while Bostrom rode to an uncontested fifth place in the penultimate round of the 2011 AMA Pro National Guard Superbike Championship.
Hayden qualified his National Guard Jordan Suzuki GSX-R1000 on the front row of the grid and latched onto the leaders from the start, pressuring fellow Suzuki rider Blake Young for third place. With eight laps remaining, Hayden made the pass on Young, but Young stayed glued to Hayden and passed him on the final run to the flag, taking the last podium position by only .045 of a second. Hayden retains his seventh-place position in the Championship points race.
"It was a pretty good weekend at Laguna Seca," said Hayden. "We were pretty much on pace from the time we unloaded. The GSX-R1000 felt good, though it took a little bit of time for me to get comfortable. We had a strong qualifying session and got in the front row with third, which is important at Laguna because of the MotoGP grid with three to a row. I got a pretty good start - I was behind Blake Young and I was trying to get around him as quick as possible because I felt like I had a little more pace than he did and I could see the leaders getting away. About seven laps to go, I made a pass and I really tried to hold him off to the finish, but he was able to nip-by me at the line. It's disappointing to miss the podium there at the end, but my Michael Jordan Motorsports team is getting stronger every weekend and I really want to thank them and the National Guard and my crew because they've been working really hard for me all year."
Following his ride in the day's earlier MotoGP race, Jordan Suzuki's Bostrom went with team mate Hayden and the leaders from the start of Sunday's AMA Pro Superbike race, but lost touch with the group and finished a strong fifth and holds onto sixth place in the Championship.
"Michael Jordan Motorsports Suzuki was well capable of winning," said Bostrom. "But the rider bit off more than he could chew this weekend. My apologies to the team and sponsors. I really look forward to putting the bike in its proper position in New Jersey. A huge thanks to MJM and American Suzuki for the opportunity to ride the GP bike."
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