Leading AMA Pro Road Racing team Michael Jordan Motorsport says it is planning to move into international competition next season, though it is yet to determine whether it will be heading for MotoGP or the World Superbike Championship.
Fronted by former NBA superstar and motorcycling enthusiast Michael Jordan, his eponymous team has been a popular addition to the American-based national series over the last decade, but the withdrawal of key backer National Guard has prompted the team to glance further afield for its 2014 plans.
The team had already hinted it was considering a move to the international stage with an eye-catching World Superbike wild-card outing at Laguna Seca this year, with riders Roger Lee Hayden and Danny Eslick proving top ten contenders on home soil.
At the time the exercise had been considered a possible prelude to a WSBK entry in 2014, but an interview with Michael Jordan Motorsport's vice president of corporate relations Kreig Robinson at Cycle News
revealed it is also considering a move into MotoGP.
“We're looking at both World Superbike and MotoGP and we're going to take our time to figure out what's the best way to go,” Robinson said. “Anyone who has been paying attention realises that we do these things on our own time.”
Whichever series it chooses, Robinson says there is much work to do, adding that it may opt for selected events in 2014 with a view to competing full-time in 2015.
“We haven't' been able to take the necessary steps to take on the international competition for 2014,” he added. “What that may mean is selected rounds, wild cards... while we prepare for 2015. We have to really evaluate what is happening in World Superbike, in MotoGP. What is going to be the best situation for a team that is structured like ours.
“We've been used to building and developing bikes using our own faculties. It seems that in World Superbike you now have this EVO class and in MotoGP you have the Moto2 and CRT and production GP racers that are now available. So what is going to be the best for us? I don't think we're going to start building a prototype motorcycle to compete in MotoGP.
“It would be more advantageous for a team like ours is to follow a model like Aspar and LCR and teams like that. That's where we sit right now – figuring out how to go forward, but we're certainly committed to finding a way to go racing internationally.”
Michael Jordan Motorsport isn't the only team rumoured to be considering a switch to higher profile surroundings in 2014, with iconic American manufacturer Erik Buell Racing reportedly evaluating entering the World Superbike Championship with its newly-homologated 1190RX Superbike.
The manufacturer, which was bought by Indian motorcycling corporation Hero MotoCorp earlier this year, is looking to enter the series to capitalise forthcoming new rules.