MICHAEL JORDAN MOTOR SPORTS SUZUKI EARNS PODIUM AT ROAD AMERICA Yates Finishes Second; May Earns First AMA Superstock Pole Position Elkhart Lake, WI (June 8, 2008) - Michael Jordan Motor Sports Suzuki rider Aaron Yates finished second in...
MICHAEL JORDAN MOTOR SPORTS SUZUKI EARNS PODIUM AT ROAD AMERICA
Yates Finishes Second; May Earns First AMA Superstock Pole Position
Elkhart Lake, WI (June 8, 2008) - Michael Jordan Motor Sports Suzuki rider Aaron Yates finished second in today's rainy AMA Superstock race at Road America. Yates, currently in first place in the Superstock Championship, earned his sixth consecutive podium finish of the new season.
Starting from the second position with a qualifying time of 2:14.647, Yates quickly moved into first place on lap one. While Yates was able to gain a five second gap on the competition, he was slowed due to lapped traffic. In a battle on the final drive to the checkered flag, M4 Emgo Suzuki's rider Blake Young was able to draft past Yates. "I looked over my shoulder and saw him coming [Young] so I moved over to protect my line, and he got past me," said Yates. "My Jordan Suzuki was running well and in the end we still brought home some good points." Yates earned second place, retaining the overall points lead toward the AMA Superstock championship.
Yates' fellow Jordan Suzuki rider Geoff May earned the pole position in qualifying, but was forced to start from pit lane on his back-up after an incident on the warm-up lap. May attacked the field from the drop of the green flag from his last place start. By lap five, May moved himself solidly into eighth place, but gave fans a scare when he ran off the wet track surface on lap six. May quickly regained his composure and completed the race in ninth place at the checkered flag.
On Saturday, between heavy downpours, high winds and thunderstorms, Race 1 of the Suzuki Superbike doubleheader got underway. Yates, who qualified for the second row in seventh position (2:14.456), rode his Suzuki GSX-R1000 to a top-10 finish. In the 16-lap event, Yates shifted back and forth between fifth, sixth and seventh positions, eventually settling for sixth place. Teammate Geoff May also qualified for the second row and finished in ninth place.
In Sunday's Superbike Race 2, May bettered his eighth place starting position (2:14.534) by finishing in seventh place on his production-based Suzuki. Yates, who ran as high as fifth position, was forced to stop trackside on lap six to adjust his chain. Yates re-entered the race in eighth position and where he crossed the finish line. Yates and May have each earned eight top-10 finishes in the premier Superbike class.