History

The Michael Jordan Motorsports legacy begins with Michael Jordan's passion for winning and his legendary competitive drive. After discovering a love of motorcycle racing, Jordan founded the team in 2004 with the mission to bring a new level of excellence and style to the industry. Now in it's tenth year of existence, Michael Jordan Motorsports has shown that it can compete with factory-owned teams and can regularly vie for the podium.

Year 9 (2012)

Riders - Ben Bostrom #23 and Roger Hayden #54

Both riders compete in the AMA American Superbike class. For Ben Bostrom and Roger Lee Hayden, this is their second season riding the Suzuki GSX-R1000. The National Guard returns for a fourth season as the primary sponsor of the #54 bike ridden by Hayden.

The team’s Rainbow Metal Flake and Club Purple livery is inspired by Jordan shoe and apparel colorways.

  • Bostrom (Jordan Suzuki) earns three podiums and 10 top five finishes
  • Hayden (National Guard Jordan Suzuki) earns his first career Superbike pole position and win (Homestead-Miami Speedway), eight podiums and 12 top five finishes
  • Hayden runs near the front all season and finishes third in the AMA Superbike Championship
  • Team has one win, one pole position, 11 podiums and 22 top five finishes
Ben Bostrom 2012 Roger Hayden 2012

Year 8 (2011)

Riders - Ben Bostrom #23 and Roger Hayden #54

Both riders compete in the AMA American Superbike class. For Ben Bostrom and Roger Lee Hayden, this is their first time riding the Suzuki GSX-R1000. The National Guard returns for a third season as the primary sponsor of the #54 bike ridden by Hayden.

The team’s red and black livery is inspired by the colors of the Chicago Bulls, the team Michael Jordan led to six NBA championships.

  • Bostrom (Jordan Suzuki) earns two podiums and seven top five finishes in his first season with the team
  • Bostrom gets a “wildcard” ride and competes at the Laguna Seca MotoGP event on the LCR Honda.
  • Hayden (National Guard Jordan Suzuki) earns his first two career Superbike podiums and eight top five finishes
  • For the first time in their Superbike careers, Roger Hayden and older brother Tommy share a podium (Mid-Ohio)
  • Team has four podiums and 15 top five finishes
Ben Bostrom 2011 Roger Hayden 2011

Year 7 (2010)

Riders - Aaron Yates #23, Brett McCormick #23 and Jake Zemke #54

All three riders compete in the AMA American Superbike class. Jake Zemke records the first wins in AMA Superbike for Michael Jordan Motorsports with two wins in the season opener at Daytona. Following an injury sustained by Aaron Yates at Fontana in March, Brett McCormick takes his place on the #23 Jordan Suzuki bike for the rest of the season. The National Guard returns for a second year as the primary sponsor of the #54 bike ridden by Zemke.

The team's Silver Edition livery is inspired by the silver anniversary of the Air Jordan franchise.

  • First wins in AMA Superbike for Michael Jordan Motorsports
  • Yates (Jordan Suzuki) earns two pole positions (Daytona and Fontana) and one podium and three top five finishes before a season ending injury in Round 2 at Fontana
  • McCormick (Jordan Suzuki) substitutes for the injured Aaron Yates and earns three top five finishes in his first full season in American Superbike
  • Zemke (National Guard Jordan Suzuki) earns two wins (Daytona), five podiums and 10 top five finishes
  • Zemke runs near the front all season and finishes third in the AMA Superbike Championship
  • Team has two wins, six podiums and 16 top five finishes
Aaron Yates 2010 Brett McCormick 2010 Jake Zemke 2010

Year 6 (2009)

Riders - Aaron Yates #23 and Geoff May #54

Both riders compete in the new AMA American Superbike class, which replaces the previous Superbike class and eliminates the Superstock class. The National Guard is welcomed as the primary sponsor of Geoff May's #54 bike.

Michael Jordan Motorsports marks its sixth year with an all white color scheme with an elephant print design.

  • Michael Jordan Motorsports jumps into Superbike contention
  • Yates (Jordan Suzuki) earns six podium finishes including two second places (the team's highest placement to date)
  • Yates qualifies second three times in Superpole and front row five times
  • May (National Guard Jordan Suzuki) earns three podiums
  • May qualifies third four times in Superpole and front row six times
  • Team has nine podiums and 17 top five finishes
Aaron Yates 2009 Geoff May 2009

Year 5 (2008)

Riders - Aaron Yates #20 and Geoff May #99

Both riders compete in AMA Superbike and Superstock classes, with Aaron Yates on class-specific equipment, while Geoff May competes in both classes with Superstock equipment. Michael Jordan Motorsports takes first and second place in the Superstock Championship. Aaron Yates earns the Championship, the first for Michael Jordan Motorsports, after dominating for the entire season, with May coming in second. The Jordan Suzuki Superbike program shows steady improvement in year four.

The team livery reflects the Carolina Blue colorway of the Air Jordan XX3.

Season Hightlights - Superstock:

  • Yates earns five wins and five poles while setting numerous track records during the season
  • Yates finishes first or second in every race and clinches the Championship at Road Atlanta with one round still remaining
  • May has two race wins and one pole position
  • Team earns seven wins, six poles and 15 podiums for the season

Season Hightlights - Superbike:

  • Team has 25 top 10 finishes and nine qualifying positions in first two rows
  • Team earns one podium finish and four fourth place finishes
Aaron Yates 2008 Geoff May 2008 Yates and May burnout

Year 4 (2007)

Riders - Aaron Yates #20 and Jake Holden #59

Both riders compete in AMA Superbike and Superstock classes, with Aaron Yates competing on class-specific equipment and Jake Holden competing in both classes on Superstock equipment. Jordan Suzuki jumps into Superstock Championship contention as new addition Yates brings the experience of four AMA National Championships to the team:

  • AMA 1000 Superstock (2005)
  • AMA 600 Supersport (2002)
  • AMA 750 Supersport (1996)
  • AMA SuperTeams (1995)

The Royal Blue and White team livery colorway is based on the Air Jordan Retro 4.

Season Highlights - Superstock:

  • Yates grabs team its first pole position at Barber Motorsports Park
  • Yates and Holden earn first and second spots on podium at Barber Motorsports Park
  • Yates breaks two track records at Barber Motorsports Park (fastest single lap time of 1:25.619 at a speed of 96.707 mph and fastest 24-lap Superstock event held with an elapsed time of 24:35.072)
  • Holden and Yates finish second and third respectively at California Speedway
  • Holden earns team its second win at Mazda Laguna Seca Raceway and pole position
  • Team earns nine podiums for the season

Season Highlights - Superbike:

  • Yates earns three podium finishes (Mazda Laguna Seca Raceway, Virginia International Raceway, and Mazda Laguna Seca Raceway II)
  • Team earns 11 top five finishes and 15 top 10 finishes in 19 races
Aaron Yates 2007 Jake Holden 2007

Year 3 (2006)

Riders - Jason Pridmore #43, Steve Rapp #15 and Jake Holden #59

Jason Pridmore competes on class-specific equipment in both AMA Superbike and Superstock, while Steve Rapp and Jake Holden compete in both classes on Superstock equipment. Year three of Jordan Suzuki's Superbike program shows steady improvement as Jason Pridmore earns 15 top 10 finishes.

The team's "Gold Medal" color scheme signifies Michael Jordan's achievements with Team USA in the Olympic Games in 1984 and 1992.

Season Highlights:

  • Holden leads in race 2 of the AMA Superstock event at Mid-Ohio before crashing and rebounds to win AMA Superbike consolation race in Championship Shootout
  • Pridmore, Rapp and Holden combine for 20 top 10 finishes in AMA Superstock
  • Pridmore has his best AMA Superbike finish (fifth) at Mid-Ohio after he announces retirement
Jason Pridmore 2006 Steve Rapp 2006 Jake Holden 2006

Year 2 (2005)

Riders - Jason Pridmore #43, Steve Rapp #15 and Montez Stewart #123

Michael Jordan Motorsports expands into the premier class of competition, as Jason Pridmore competes on the team's first Superbike while also competing in the Superstock class. Steve Rapp competes in both classes on Superstock equipment, while Montez Stewart competes in the Superstock class only. 2005 marks the first year of the Michael Jordan Motorsports partnership with Suzuki with all three riders competing on the Suzuki GSX-R1000. Rapp earns third place in the AMA Superstock Championship.

The detailed graphics of the Air Jordan XX shoe, inspired by Michael's life and career, are reflected on the team's bikes and gear.

  • Michael Jordan Motorsports gets its first AMA Superstock podium as Pridmore finishes third in the season opening event at Daytona International Speedway
  • Pridmore also scores eight top 10 finishes in AMA Superbike despite being injured at round 2 and missing five events
  • Rapp is consistently strong all season, scoring 10 top 10 finishes, including two trips to the podium
  • Rapp scores nine top 10 finishes riding in the AMA Superbike class
Jason Pridmore 2005 Steve Rapp 2005 Montez Stewart 2005

Year 1 (2004)

Riders - Montez Stewart #123, Pascal Picotte #21

Michael Jordan Motorsports is established on February 1, 2004. With the assistance of Gemini Racing and Live Nation, what was just a concept becomes a fully equipped race team in only four weeks time. It is a learning year for rider and team as Montez Stewart competes on a Yamaha YZF-R1 in AMA Superstock class and a Yamaha YZF-R6 in AMA Supersport class. Pascal Picotte steps in for the injured Stewart at Elkhart Lake's Road America and races the Superbike class on a Superstock bike. He finishes 14th, after running as high as seventh during the race.

The team's Carolina Blue color symbolizes the birthplace of Jordan's collegiate basketball career at the University of North Carolina.

Montez Stewart 2004 Transporter 2004 Pascal Picotte 2004