Roger Lee Hayden Returns to MJM Motorsports

roger_haydenRoger Lee Hayden is officially back on the Michael Jordan Motorsports team. Hayden will once again suit up to represent the Army National Guard on the #54 machine during the 2012 AMA Superbike Championship.

Hayden only claimed two podiums during the 2011 season but the last five races of the season showed that Hayden was a premier rider. Hayden finished in the top four during the last five races and will be looking to build on that in 2012.

“I’m really excited to be returning to Michael Jordan Motorsports and representing the Army National Guard again,” said Hayden. “The team and I really came on strong near the end of the season and I hope that we can keep that momentum going into next year.  I feel like I have one of the best crews in the paddock so it’s great to keep the same unit together.  I am especially honored to represent the men and women of the National Guard this year as they celebrate 375 years of service to our country.”

The Michael Jordan Motorsports team said that re-signing Hayden, who provides safety training for enlisted soldiers, was an easy decision.

Kreig Robinson, the Vice President of Corporate Relations at MJM, said:

“Roger Hayden gave us a first-class effort in 2011 and proved that he deserves the opportunity to ride a Superbike. His ‘ready to work’ attitude toward development made him an easy choice to return to ride for us and to represent the National Guard in 2012.  We always set our sights on championship contention, and we’re confident in Roger Lee’s commitment to excellence.”

Young Takes the Race Win at Barber

Young_and_HayesBlake Young took his fifth win of the 2011 AMA Superbike season today by beating out Josh Hayes and Martin Cardenas around the Barber Motorsports Park track. Young was able to podium at both races this weekend in Alabama, but still trails Hayes in the overall standings by two points.

Tommy Hayden led the opening laps during today’s Superbike race. Hayden was followed by Young, Hayes, Cardenas, and Roger Hayden. Both Hayden brothers would eventually retire from the race, however, leaving Young, Hayes, and Cardenas to battle it out for the victory.

Cardenas made a valiant effort in the Alabama heat, but eventually Young and Hayes were able to establish a gap between the third place rider.

“They were gaining some time on me,” Cardenas said. “I was working very hard to close the gap, but in the end I was just exhausted. Third is still very good. We were as close as ever to the front so I am very happy.”

Young and Hayes dueled at the front, as both riders took turns leading the way around the track. Young took the lead in the closing laps, and Hayes just couldn’t find his way around.

“He rode a great race,” Hayes said. “He rode a smart race, he beat me. But we’re going to figure out how to get out in front and win a few more races.”

Young had a slow start to the weekend and earned a rare second row start. But Young was able to pick up the slack in the race.

“It’s never easy to start when you’re on the second row,” Young said. “It change my strategy a little bit. You know, my team puts everything into giving me a good bike, so I just had to keep after it.”

Hayes maintains the points lead in the AMA Superbike series, but not by much. Young trails Hayes by just 2 points. Hayden, who is third in the standings, lost some valuable points today when he had to retire with a mechanical issue. Hayden now has 182 points, 53 behind Hayes.

AMA Superbike Results – Race 2 – Barber Motorsports Park

  1. Young
  2. Hayes
  3. Cardenas
  4. Rapp
  5. Bostrom
  6. Pegram
  7. May
  8. Clark
  9. Peris
  10. Beach
[Photo Courtesy of Brandon Jackson from Nashville Riders]

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