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Laguna Seca: Michael Jordan Motor Sports race report

JORDAN SUZUKI'S AARON YATES EARNS PODIUM FINISH IN PREMIER CLASS Yates is three-for-three at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca Monterey, CA (July 20, 2008) -- Michael Jordan Motor Sports Suzuki's Aaron Yates earned a third place podium finish in...

JORDAN SUZUKI'S AARON YATES EARNS PODIUM FINISH IN PREMIER CLASS
Yates is three-for-three at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca

Monterey, CA (July 20, 2008) -- Michael Jordan Motor Sports Suzuki's Aaron Yates earned a third place podium finish in the premier AMA Superbike class today at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca. This is Yates' third consecutive podium finish in three outings at the famed 2.238 mile Laguna Seca road course.

Last season at Laguna, Yates qualified for a front row start in the September AMA Superbike event and earned third place podium finishes during both the MotoGP and AMA weekends. Earlier today, Yates qualified his Suzuki GSX-R1000 with a time of 1:24.703 and started the 28-lap (100K) Superbike race from the third row in ninth place. "Our starting position wasn't very good, but we got off the line good," stated Yates. "The bike just got better and better, and we were able to turn it into a podium finish." Yates was able to pass six riders to give Suzuki a podium sweep.

Teammate Geoff May, who competes in the premier class on a production-based Suzuki GSX-R1000, qualified his motorcycle for 10th position with a time of 1:25.162, crossing the finish line in 12th place. In his first season with Jordan Suzuki, May has earned three podium finishes, including his first AMA National win. Today's event gave May valuable track time to prep for the team's return to Laguna Seca for the AMA Championship's full class schedule September 27th and 28th. He is currently ninth in the AMA Superbike standings and third in overall points in the AMA Superstock championship.

This season, Yates has earned five top five finishes and an additional four top eight finishes. Today's strong finish moves Yates into seventh in overall Superbike points, only 25 points from the top five. He is leading the AMA Superstock championship, which resumes August 1-3, 2008 at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in Lexington, Ohio.

For more information on the team or to purchase team merchandise, visit the race team website at www.23race.com. To learn more about the weekend's events, visit www.laguna-seca.com.

- Credit: mjms

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Drivers Geoff May , Aaron Yates