JORDAN SUZUKI RIDERS REACH SUPERSTOCK PODIUM AT VIRGINIA INTERNATIONAL RACEWAY Yates Finishes Second With Teammate Holden in Third Alton, VA (August 19, 2007) -- Michael Jordan Motorsports Suzuki riders Aaron Yates and Jake Holden both...
JORDAN SUZUKI RIDERS REACH SUPERSTOCK PODIUM AT VIRGINIA INTERNATIONAL RACEWAY
Yates Finishes Second With Teammate Holden in Third
Alton, VA (August 19, 2007) -- Michael Jordan Motorsports Suzuki riders Aaron Yates and Jake Holden both earned podium finishes in Sunday's Suzuki Big Kahuna Nationals at Virginia International Raceway (VIR). Yates, who started the race from the front row in third position, rode a strong race and finished in second place. With a third place finish, Holden earned his third AMA Superstock podium finish of the season, giving the Suzuki brand a podium sweep.
Yates' second place finish earns him his fourth podium finish of the year, moving him within one point of second place in the Superstock standings. He qualified for Sunday's race with a time of 1:25.815 and ran the second fastest lap of the race at 1:25.698. Yates got a good start leading into turn one and quickly moved into second place on lap three, where he charged after race leader Ben Spies. "I was pushing hard and making some progress...I wanted to bring the Jordan Suzuki bike home."
Holden qualified with a time of 1:25.897 and started in fifth place from row two. With the abbreviated race schedule in July and the weather-related cancellation of the last scheduled Superstock event at Mid-Ohio Car Course, Holden hadn't raced AMA Superstock since late June. At the wave of the green flag Holden dropped two positions, then put his head down and began a strong charge to the front. By lap seven, he moved his Suzuki GSX-R1000 to fourth place then swiftly moved into third, where he rode to the checkered flag. "At the last minute we made a gearing change and it helped me get to third place," Holden noted. He is currently ninth in overall points for the AMA Superstock championship.
With the season nearing completion, Yates, Holden and the Jordan Suzuki crew have two more races remaining in the AMA Superstock class: Road Atlanta, August 31-September 2 in Braselton, Georgia and the season finale, September 14-16 at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, in Monterey California.