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MICHAEL JORDAN MOTOR SPORTS SUZUKI WINS AT MILLER MOTORSPORTS PARK May Earns First AMA National Win in AMA Superstock; Yates Finishes Second Tooele, UT (June 1, 2008) - Michael Jordan Motor Sports Suzuki riders Geoff May and Aaron Yates ...

MICHAEL JORDAN MOTOR SPORTS SUZUKI WINS AT MILLER MOTORSPORTS PARK
May Earns First AMA National Win in AMA Superstock; Yates Finishes Second

Tooele, UT (June 1, 2008) - Michael Jordan Motor Sports Suzuki riders Geoff May and Aaron Yates finished first and second, respectively, in Saturday's AMA Superstock race at Miller Motorsports Park. This is May's first AMA National class win and his third podium finish as a member of the Jordan Suzuki team. Yates, currently in first place in the Superstock Championship, earned his fifth consecutive podium finish of the new season.

May, who qualified his Jordan Suzuki GSX-R1000 in the front row in third place with a time of 2:47.827, returned to the winners' circle in the 9-lap AMA Superstock main event. At the start, May shot into second position and took the lead by lap two, where he remained through the checkered flag. "I brought it home for the Jordan Suzuki team today," said an elated May. "I just kept my head down and tried to keep my cool. My crew has been awesome. Now we're just going to keep doing what we know how to do and try to put the Jordan Suzuki GSX-R1000 on the box as often as we can."

At the drop of the green flag, Yates quickly moved into third place. On lap six, in a battle between Yates and former teammate Jake Holden, Yates moved into second place behind race leader Geoff May. Yates, who finished in second was able to gain distance from the competition, but was unable to catch his teammate, race winner May. "I just want to congratulate Geoff on his first win," said Yates. "I knew he was going to be strong. He's been riding really well and little guys on big tracks are tough to beat!"

In Saturday's Race 1 of the Superbike doubleheader, after qualifying for the front row in fourth position (2:46.424), Yates rode his Suzuki GSX-R1000 to a fourth place finish. Yates, who ran strongly in the third place position for eight laps, was passed with five laps remaining. While unable to get ahead of the third place rider, Yates edged out one American Honda and both of the Yamaha entries in the 14-lap event. Teammate Geoff May rode the sighting lap before returning to pit wall to conserve energy for the Superstock event immediately following the Superbike race.

In Sunday's Superbike Race 2, Yates once again edged out one American Honda and both of the Yamaha's entries, finishing in fifth place. "I feel like we could have done better," said Yates. "We missed a bit on the front-end set-up, but we'll regroup and we'll be ready for Road America next weekend."

May, bettered his tenth place starting position (2:48.464) by finishing in seventh place on his production-based Suzuki. May ran hard and came within .36 seconds of catching the sixth place rider.

-credit: mjms

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Series AMA
Drivers Geoff May , Aaron Yates , Jake Holden