Michael Jordan Motorsports celebrated its best results so far this season in the 2012 AMA Pro National Guard Superbike series at Infineon Raceway in Sonoma, California this weekend as National Guard Jordan Suzuki's Roger Hayden brought home a second-place finish and team-mate Ben Bostrom carded a fourth-placed result.
For National Guard Jordan Suzuki's Hayden, the weekend at Infineon was all about turning his season around: And he did just that, notching his best result of the year with a second-placed finish on Sunday. In the 22-lap race, Hayden got a great start and clicked off aggressively-consistent laps to put his National Guard Jordan Suzuki GSX-R1000 on the box. The podium result was made even sweeter, considering Hayden struggled on Saturday and endured a small off-track excursion before finishing 10th.
Said Hayden: "It was a good weekend. On Sunday I got a pretty good start and I tried to stay with the guys in front. I was riding on the edge, trying to keep up and I was starting to slide all over the place and go back a little bit. When another rider came by me, I hung on with him and tried to wait for the last few laps and we had a fun battle on the last half of the track. We missed the podium in Atlanta and we struggled earlier this weekend, so it was nice to finish up the weekend on a good note."
Bostrom also made noticeable gains between Saturday and Sunday's races: This improvement might be attributed to the fact that the Infineon course is Bostrom's home track and one on which he is particularly comfortable. The weekend's first AMA Pro National Guard Superbike race saw Bostrom get a good start on his MJM Suzuki GSX-R1000 and finish a respectable seventh. But on Sunday, Bostrom pulled out all the stops and pushed hard to finish just shy of the podium.
"I've been on the ground in three of four races this year, so it's not been the greatest start to the season," said Bostrom. "But thankfully, my MJM crew found the problem and fixed it. Also, I grew up around here and Infineon has always been one of my favourite tracks. It's a rider's track and there aren't a lot of straightaways. It's one of the better tracks to go to for me."
In the 2012 AMA Pro National Guard Superbike Championship series rider points standings, Hayden is in third place and Bostrom has just moved up to 12th.
The Michael Jordan Motorsports team's next event of the 2012 AMA Pro National Guard Superbike Championship series is at Miller Motorsports Park in Tooele, Utah on May 26 - 28th.