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Birmingham: Michael Jordan Motorsports qualifying notes

MICHAEL JORDAN MOTORSPORTS-SUZUKI TAKES POLE POSITION Aaron Yates on the Pole at Barber Motorsports Park Birmingham, AL (April 21, 2007) -- Michael Jordan Motorsports-Suzuki rider Aaron Yates, put his 2007 Suzuki GSX-R1000 on pole position for...

MICHAEL JORDAN MOTORSPORTS-SUZUKI TAKES POLE POSITION

Aaron Yates on the Pole at Barber Motorsports Park

Birmingham, AL (April 21, 2007) -- Michael Jordan Motorsports-Suzuki rider Aaron Yates, put his 2007 Suzuki GSX-R1000 on pole position for the AMA Superstock motorcycle road race at Barber Motorsports Park in Birmingham, AL. Birmingham is the 2nd of 11 stops in the 2007 AMA Superbike Championship.

This is Aaron Yates first year racing for the Jordan Suzuki team which was formed in 2004 by legendary NBA star Michael Jordan as a result of his passion for motorcycle racing. This is also the first pole position for the young privateer Jordan Suzuki race team. The former 2005 AMA Superstock Champion earned the position with a lap time of 1:25.619 on the 2.3 mile Barber road course, lapping (time) better than factory Yamaha racer Ben Bostrom, followed by factory Suzuki racer Ben Spies, Geoff May, and fellow Jordan Suzuki team mate Jake Holden.

In a post qualifying interview the pole sitter thanked his Jordan Suzuki crew for their hard work stating "they made some changes to the bike which made it come around...giving me the feel I have been looking for."

When asked about the highly visible team owner's absence from the track, Aaron stated he "wished that Michael could have been here with the team today." Michael who is attending the Jordan All-American Basketball Classic Benefiting the Children's Aid Society at Madison Square Garden was unable to attend the second round of AMA racing action, but plans to attend round 3 of the AMA Superbike Championship at California Speedway in Fontana California, on April 27-29. Yates is currently 4th in overall point's standings for the Superstock class.

Speed channel which broadcasts the AMA Superbike Championship racing series will air the AMA Superstock race on Tuesday, April 24. Visit www.SPEEDTV.com for more information.

For more information on the team, visit the race team website at www.23RACE.com.

The 2007 Michael Jordan Motorsports Suzuki team is proud to be partnering with Brand Jordan, American Suzuki, Upper Deck, Hanes, MMI - Motorcycle Mechanics Institute, AOL.com, Gatorade, Gemini Technology Systems, Boost Mobile, Bazzaz Performance, Dunlop Tire, Oakley, Yoshimura R&D, Vortex Racing, Makita Power Equipment, Roclun International, Ohlins Suspensions, Maxima Lubricants, Sharkskinz Racing Bodies, Motion Pro Tools and Cables, DID Chains, NGK Spark Plugs, Zero Gravity Windscreens, StompGrip Traction Pads, Factory Pro Dyno, Chicken Hawk Racing Tire Warmers, Ancra Tie-downs, STAR Motorcycle School, K&N Filters, Kicker Sound Systems, Sidi Boots, HJC and Shoei Helmets, VP Racing Fuels, World Championship Sports Network (WCSN.com), EXOST Digital Media, 23race.com, and transportation provided by Eastside Trucking.

-credit: mjm

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Series AMA
Drivers Geoff May , Aaron Yates , Ben Spies , Jake Holden , Ben Bostrom