Jordan rules: May wins race, Yates takes title Michael Jordan -- long accustomed to winning championships on the hard court -- now has one on the tarmac as well, as Jordan Suzuki's Aaron Yates secured the 2008 AMA Superstock title on Sunday at...
Jordan rules: May wins race, Yates takes title
Michael Jordan -- long accustomed to winning championships on the hard court -- now has one on the tarmac as well, as Jordan Suzuki's Aaron Yates secured the 2008 AMA Superstock title on Sunday at Road Atlanta while continuing his perfect season run of top twos.
Yates finished just 0.044 seconds behind his teammate, Geoff May, at the checkered flag, as the two wheelied out of the final corner in their final desperate lunges to the stripe.
The decorated racer now boasts five AMA titles, dating back to his '95 SuperTeams championship, which he followed up with the '96 750SS crown, the '02 Supersport title, and the '05 Superstock championship.
The win is the second of May's fast-developing career, adding to his MMP blowout victory scored earlier this season at Miller Motorsports Park.
May, who only lives a few miles from the circuit, drafted past Team M4 EMGO Suzuki's Blake Young soon after the once red-flagged race's restart, and pulled an identical maneuver to steal first from Yates on lap 8.
From there he was never headed despite determined efforts from Yates and Young.
While the Jordan men dominated the headlines on this day, Young may have had the most memorable single highlight. The Wisconsin native, who led prior to the red flag, made an incredible save of a near highside on lap 7 that left him shaking his head afterwards. He lost a couple seconds to the Jordan Suzuki stars following his mishap, but clawed his way back into contention before accepting a hard-earned third.
Corona Honda's Jake Holden took a lonely fourth, followed by Foot & Leg Healthcare's Ryan Elleby, who rounded out the top five.
Millennium Technologies' Ben Thompson finished in sixth, followed by Roadracingworld.com Suzuki's Chris Ulrich, 4 Wheelparts.com's Chris Caylor, HALOF Racing's Hawk Mazzotta, and A's Customz Performance's Seth Starnes.