The Michael Jordan Motorsports/National Guard Suzuki team has finalized its rider lineup for the 2013 AMA Superbike season with the announced signing of two-time AMA Daytona SportBike champion Danny Eslick. Eslick, who hails from Broken Arrow, Oklahoma, will be partnered with returning rider Roger Lee Hayden, who took his first-ever AMA Superbike victory at the penultimate round at Homestead-Miami Speedway this year. Coincidentally, Eslick garnered his best ever superbike finish with a second place at the same Homestead-Miami Speedway race, with the Oklahoman taking three podium finishes for 2012 on the Team Hero/Erik Buell Racing 1190 RS.
Known for his hard-charging, no-holds-barred riding style, former flat-tracker Eslick made a name for himself in AMA racing back in 2006 riding the Matsushima Performance Suzuki GSX-R600 in the Supersport class. But his real break came when he signed with the Geico Powersports/Richie Morris Racing/Buell team to race the Buell 1125R in the fledgling AMA Daytona SportBike class in 2009. Eslick won the title with six wins to his credit, although some pointed to the controversial homologation of the 1125cc V-twin Buell in the DSB class as a factor. When the Buell brand was shut down by parent company Harley-Davidson in October 2009, Eslick switched to the Geico RMR Suzuki team, and while he finished second in 2010, his second title in 2011 aboard the team’s GSX-R600 silenced the naysayers and proved that his riding talent was what got him the championships.
“It’s all about the goal of winning a championship,” said Kreig Robinson, MJM Vice President of Corporate Relations regarding the signing of Eslick. “Each year we work tirelessly to improve upon the last. Through intense off-season development and testing, we try to come up with the formula that will put us on top every race. We are looking forward to a good 2013 AMA Pro National Guard Superbike season.”