Dec 16, 2010
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by David Swarts
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Michael Jordan Motorsports Suzuki's Ben Bostrom broke the unofficial track record Thursday at Jennings GP, in Jennings, Florida, on the final day of a frigid three-day test he shared with National Guard Suzuki's Roger Hayden and Foremost Insurance Pegram Racing BMW's Larry Pegram.
Bostrom, who was making his testing debut on the Jordan Suzuki GSX-R1000, turned a 1:13.72 Thursday afternoon, according to his team. That betters the 2.0-mile track's unofficial lap record of 1:13.813, which was recorded by Pegram at the end of 2009 on his Ducati 1098R.
"I wasn't trying," to go for the record, Bostrom told Roadracingworld.com Thursday. "I was just riding around. I told the guys, 'I'm just gonna ride around 85-90%, because I honestly don't feel the rider is that sharp. I don't want to fall down at the first test.' The bike is quite good, but the conditions were quite nasty. I didn't expect the times to be so fast. That's the bike, dude. It's quite good."
Pegram rode his new BMW S1000RR in Florida, but parts Pegram had hoped to test at Jennings GP did not show up in time and he was forced to make laps on the lightly-modified machine he has tested three other times so far this off-season.
"Other than freezing my butt off for three days, it went pretty good," said Pegram. "We progressively got faster on the bike and got better. And a lot of it is getting me more comfortable on the thing, too. We ended up with a 1:14.2, which is about four tenths off the fastest time [1:13.813] we did there last year on the Ducati. I'm pretty happy that we can consistently be close to our race pace from last year with what I would not consider a Superbike."
Hayden recorded a best time of 1:14.72, according to MJM's Technical Manager Richie Alexander, but having the slowest time didn't matter much to the youngest of the three racing Hayden brothers, who said he enjoyed every second of his first test with his new team.
"Honestly, it felt like a new beginning, like just refreshing," said Hayden. "Everything is so new for me, and everything is so exciting - the bike, a bike that's won Superbike races for the last how many ever years, and a new team, the Michael Jordan sponsorship and all that stuff. Everything is just so new and exciting. It's like when you start dating a new girl. Everything is berries and cherries in the beginning. It had that excitement for me, and it's been a while since I felt that, that's for sure."
Pegram and his team are now headed south to Daytona International Speedway, where they will participate in a two-day Dunlop tire test December 19-20. The Jordan Suzuki/National Guard Suzuki crews, however, are returning to their base in Wisconsin, where they will prepare for their next test, a second Dunlop tire test at Daytona that is scheduled for January 17-18.
More, from a press release issued by Michael Jordan Motorsports:
Jennings, FL (December 16, 2010) - Michael Jordan Motorsports (MJM) is pleased to announce that Roger Lee Hayden will represent the National Guard and its more than 360,000 enlisted soldiers on its #54 machine during the 2011 AMA Pro Racing National Guard Superbike Championship. His MJM teammate, Ben Bostrom, will pilot the #23 Jordan Suzuki motorcycle.
"It's an honor to represent the soldiers who are our first responders at home and who are called to duty around the world," said Hayden.
"Riding the Jordan Suzuki bike is something I'm really looking forward to, I'm proud to represent the achievements, style and passion of Michael Jordan. I'm pumped!" said Bostrom.
"The Hayden and Bostrom names, as well as their talent, are known the world over. We're confident in Roger Lee's and Ben's commitment to building the Michael Jordan Motorsports franchise into a true championship contender in 2011," said Kreig Robinson, MJM Vice President of Corporate Relations.
Hayden and Bostrom are currently testing their bikes and preparing for the upcoming season at the JenningsGP facility in Jennings, FL.
ABOUT MICHAEL JORDAN MOTOR SPORTS:
Legendary NBA star Michael Jordan formed Michael Jordan Motor Sports in 2004 as a result of his passion for motorcycle racing. His mission is to bring a new level of excellence and style to the motorcycle racing industry.
For more information on MJM, please visit , and .
Michael Jordan Motorsports is proud to partner with: Jordan Brand (a division of Nike), National Guard, American Suzuki, Upper Deck, Hanes, Gatorade, Bazzaz, MMI - Motorcycle Mechanics Institute, Vortex Racing Components, Gemini Racing, K-Tech Suspension-Orient Express Racing, Maxima Racing Oils, K & N Air Filters, Dainese Leathers, AGV Helmets, Ancra Tie-downs, Chicken Hawk Racing Tire Warmers, Armour Bodies, DID Chains, Factory Pro Dyno, Roclun International, STAR Motorcycle School, Motion Pro Tools, Zero Gravity Windscreens, with transportation provided by Eastside Trucking.