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VIR: Michael Jordan Motor Sports preview

JORDAN SUZUKI AIMS FOR PODIUM AT VIRGINIA INTERNATIONAL RACEWAY Aurora, IL (August 13, 2008) -- Michael Jordan Motor Sports Suzuki riders Aaron Yates and Geoff May return to Virginia International Raceway (VIR) in Alton, Virginia, August...

JORDAN SUZUKI AIMS FOR PODIUM AT VIRGINIA INTERNATIONAL RACEWAY

Aurora, IL (August 13, 2008) -- Michael Jordan Motor Sports Suzuki riders Aaron Yates and Geoff May return to Virginia International Raceway (VIR) in Alton, Virginia, August 15-17, 2008 for the Suzuki Big Kahuna Nationals. The riders will compete on the challenging 2.25 mile North Course in both the AMA Superbike Doubleheader and in the AMA Superstock race.

At last year's event at VIR, Yates, who started the Superstock race from the front row in third position earned a second place podium finish for his Jordan Suzuki crew. Aboard his Suzuki GSX-R1000, he also rode the second fastest lap of the race at 1:25.698, a mere .888 off the track record. Coming off a race win at the last round, Yates hopes to return to the winner's circle in Sunday's 17-lap (60K) event. Yates is currently leading the AMA Superstock championship by 31 points.

Yates' Jordan Suzuki teammate Geoff May is seeking his second race win of the season this weekend at VIR. In 2007, May qualified third in the AMA Supersport race, earning a top five finish. A rookie with Jordan Suzuki, May has earned three Superstock podium finishes, including his first AMA National win, in seven outings with his new team. He is currently third in overall points in the AMA Superstock championship

In addition to their AMA Superstock race duties, May and Yates also compete in the AMA Superbike class. May, who races in the premier class on a production-based Suzuki GSX-R1000, looks forward to making another strong showing in the class. "In Superbike last week, Geoff had two strong finishes," said Pete Mauhar Technical Manager. "Geoff was the top privateer and non-Superbike finisher in both races." This season, May has earned 10 top 10 finishes in the Superbike class, placing him ninth in the points standings.

Yates, on his Superbike, has earned a third place podium, four top five finishes and an additional three top eight finishes, proving he has the skill and Superbike power needed to make the podium. In 2007 at VIR, Yates qualified for a front row start in the doubleheader event and earned a third place podium in race two. He is currently seventh in overall AMA Superbike championship points.

-credit: www.23race.com

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Drivers Geoff May , Aaron Yates