Feb 29, 2012
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by David Swarts
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Former AMA Pro Superbike Champion Ben Bostrom lapped under the unofficial lap record while testing his Michael Jordan Motorsports Suzuki GSX-R1000 February 21-22 at Jennings GP, in Jennings, Florida.
Rain on the first morning and final afternoon shortened track time and overall grip was lower than it has been during past tests, said Bostrom, so he was quite surprised to record a 1:13.0, eclipsing the unofficial lap record of 1:13.15 set by Larry Pegram a few weeks earlier.
"Yeah, it's incredible because the track was a lot slower than it's ever been," Bostrom told Roadracingworld.com. "The track was like Daytona-slippery. It was pretty gnarly. At first, I was bummed because I wanted to go at a quick pace. In the end, I was happy because it was funner to ride. It gave us more of a sensation of Daytona, because it wanted to spin off every corner.
"In the end we beat our best time on a track I didn't think we could. On the first day we did 1:13.9. I thought, 'That's all we've got.' Then the next day we found 0.9 second, which was incredible. We only did some simple things with the bike and we had one night to sleep on it, which is always good for half a second. I must have found another half [-second] in the bike. If the track was like it was [during testing] last year we should have done 1:12.4. The bike's that much better than it was.
"Last year, we showed up [at Daytona] as riders new to the Suzuki, and the bike was still under development. This year, we're ready. We've got the bike dialed. Roger [Hayden] is riding great. I don't want to say too much, but I'm excited, man."
Roger Hayden fought through the flu to complete some of his testing program on his National Guard Suzuki GSX-R1000 at Jennings GP, according to his team.
The test also included the first pre-season appearance of the Jordan Suzuki 600cc riders: Corey Alexander on the National Guard Fairhills Group Racing Suzuki GSX-R600 and defending AMA Pro SuperSport Champion James Rispoli on the Celtic-Orient Express Racing Suzuki GSX-R600.