Michael Jordan Motorsports Signs Roger Lee Hayden

11/18/2010 @ 2:40 pm, by Jensen Beeler9 COMMENTS

Michael Jordan Motorsports announced today that it has signed Roger Lee Hayden to its 2011 AMA Pro Racing National Guard Superbike Championship team. Hayden will join Ben Bostrom on the MJM Suzuki GSX-R1000, as Aaron Yates has elected to take more time to heal his injured leg, which he broke at Fontana earlier this year.

Hayden comes back to AMA Racing after competing in World Superbike with Kawasaki last season, and taking a one-off MotoGP ride with LCR Honda at Laguna Seca and a Moto2 ride with American Honda at Indianapolis.

At 27 years old, Roger Lee is the youngest of the Hayden brothers, and has 14 career wins since 2004, along with 38 professional podiums. “I’m so excited to be a part of Team Jordan! These guys have a great crew and I’m excited to get on the bike as soon as possible. I’m ready to show what I’m made of… It’s also good to be home, there’s no place like home,” said Hayden while clicking his heels together (not really).

Source: Michael Jordan Motorsports; Photo: Roger Lee Hayden

  • Dr. Gellar

    So…is it safe to say Jake Zemke will no longer be with the National Guard Suzuki team?

  • ducman1198

    The official press release didn’t say anything about “Suzuki”! It seems like a manufacturer switch is imminent.

  • Edward Kimmons

    There are two teams under the Jordan umbrella, the Michael Jordan team and the National Guard team. Jake Zemke rides for the National Guard team and Hayden will be on the Michael Jordan team.

  • Edward Kimmons

    This also means Ben Bostrom is leaving the Pat Clark Motorsports team.

  • Rob

    ^^ right, Bostrom seemed so content (and competitive) on that PatClark R1

  • Dr. Gellar

    @ducman1198 – Thank you, I stand corrected. After reading the official press release, I realize you are correct. However, with Ben Bostrom and Roger Hayden signed, it does appear likely that Zemke is out at MJM…unless they plan to run more than the two bikes that they usually run.

    If MJM are truly moving away from Suzuki (about time), I’d like to see them go BMW or Aprilia. Truly bring some new blood machinery-wise into the AMA/DMG series.

  • ducman1198


    I appreciate the kudos i dont want u to think i was trying to correct u i has just making an observation.

    I really hope Jordan moves in another direction. The suzuki is not a great bike anymore and there are so many better packages to choose from now. I agree id love to see Jordan choose BMW or Aprilia as well. The AMA has been the suzuki cup for a long time, its really time for a change!

    I cant wait to see the Pat Clark / Attack Kawasaki, and Pegram (my prediction) on the new ZX10. Eric Bostrom is due a major title, i think him and his brother along with Tommy are going to be Hayes’s main competition! I would also like to see martine move up to Superbike with M4 suzuki. Honestly i think Zemke is out the press release mentioned injured Arron Yates but nothing about Jake.

    But im sure Jack will be racing this year for someone.

  • Dr. Gellar


    No worries at all.

    I agree with you that the AMA has been a Suzuki Cup for far too long. Besides, I never really understood why Jordan chose Suzuki’s in the first place (though I’m sure their reasons were valid). I mean, there was no way they were going to be beating Yoshimura Suzuki on their own Suzuki’s, at least during the Mladin/Spies days.

    Cardenas definitely needs to be in Superbike…soon. Though he is a joy to watch in Daytona Sportbike.

  • Dr. Alle-Italia

    Lucky for him that he knows people who was willing to give him a ride. He did not make the cut and does not have what it takes to ride in World Superbike. Its a proven fact that he is no Ben Spies and now he’s back racing in the AMA amateurs.