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Daytona: Michael Jordan Motorsports preview

MICHAEL JORDAN MOTORSPORTS SUZUKI RETURNS TO DAYTONA Aaron Yates and Geoff May Ready for Season Opener Aurora, IL (February 29, 2008) -- Michael Jordan Motorsports Suzuki returns to Daytona International Speedway March 3-5, 2008 for the season...

MICHAEL JORDAN MOTORSPORTS SUZUKI RETURNS TO DAYTONA
Aaron Yates and Geoff May Ready for Season Opener

Aurora, IL (February 29, 2008) -- Michael Jordan Motorsports Suzuki returns to Daytona International Speedway March 3-5, 2008 for the season opener in the AMA Superbike series. New to the Jordan Suzuki starting line-up this season is rider Geoff May. May, a former AMA Superbike Rookie of the Year, finished fourth in overall points in the 2007 AMA Superstock series and earned six top-five finishes, including four podium finishes, in nine race starts. He joins Aaron Yates, who returns to the Jordan Suzuki team for a second season.

Last season, Yates had six top-five finishes in the Superstock class, including four podium finishes and a race win. He also placed in the top five in 11 of 19 Superbike events, earning three podium finishes. While both riders will race Suzuki GSX-R1000s, May will concentrate on the Superstock Championship, while Yates will compete in both the AMA Superstock and Superbike classes.

May, 27, who earned championships in WERA, CCS and Formula USA racing before turning pro in 2000, is excited about returning to Daytona. "It's my favorite track," said May. "I love the prestige of the course and I've done pretty well there." At Daytona in 2007, May earned third place in Superstock and fifth place in Superbike races. In 2006, he led the most laps (seven) in the Superstock event. May achieved his career fastest speed of 198 mph on a Superstock Suzuki GSX-R1000 at Daytona.

Yates, who hopes to return to the podium next week said, "I'm training hard and am ready to ride." The four-time AMA champion has won titles in the 1000cc Superstock, 600cc Supersport, 750cc Supersport and SuperTeams classes. He has also won the top podium spot at Daytona in both the 600 and 750cc Supersport events.

"We are very excited about 2008," said team general manager Ken Abbott. "We hope to continue our momentum in both the Superstock and Superbike classes after last season's two class wins and 15 podium finishes. Our team is strong in the Superstock class and we'd like to earn the class title. We've also invested in some strategies we hope will keep Jordan Suzuki in the hunt for more podiums in Superbike as well."

Jordan Suzuki and Geoff May are proud to welcome Geoff Cesmat and Rick Bretl to May's Superstock crew. Attack Performance and Attack Race Bodies will also provide technical support to the entire Jordan Suzuki paddock.

-credit: www.23race.com

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Series AMA
Drivers Geoff May , Aaron Yates , Geoff Cesmat