Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Eric Bostrom Talks Mangos, South America and Returning to AMA Superbike Racing

Aaron Yates on the Jordan Motorsports #20 Suzuki GSX-R1000 leads Eric Bostrom on the #32 Graves Yamaha YZF-R1 and Miguel Duhamel on the #17 Team Honda CBR1000RR coming out of turn 11 while racing for the fifth spot on the day during race one AMA Superbike action at Road America in June of 2008. Yates has been out the last 2 1/2 rounds due to a broken leg suffered in the Sunday morning warm up at Fontana, Miguel's only appearance racing a motorcycle was a 16th place result in the '09 Daytona 200, and E-Boz has been down on the farm in South America tending to property and labor issues since the end of the '08 season. He will be returning to race action in July at Laguna Seca as part of a joint effort with Cycle World, Yoshimura Suzuki and Attack Performance on an AMA Superbike for the first of three scheduled races this year.
All three riders have been missed dearly at the track and as good as things have been this year compared to last, to get Aaron mended and back on his Jordan Suzuki, and to have Eric return to the series on a competitive mount will surely help the series even more. And the racing, which has been quite good considering the changes the series has seen in management, let alone the rules differences on the bikes compared to a couple of seasons ago. The superbike class may not have the fire-breathing dragons of several years ago, but the racing has been closer and more evenly spread throughout the field.
With the announcement of several weeks ago that Eric Bostrom would be returning to AMA Superbike for a few races, starting with the Laguna Seca round in July, the anticipation is growing of seeing one of the past stars of the series return to the track.
Over the weekend during coverage of the Infineon race two round on SpeedTV, Scott Russell and Ralph Sheheen got a chance to talk with Eric about his upcoming return. And Laurel Allen from the always cool has this piece that hit the internet today with Eric and what his expectations are, the testing schedule for the team (which sounds amped-up and means that this is a full-blown effort to come out, size up the class, and maybe make a run for the 2011 season as well) and what his thoughts are about racing now and before his move south.
It will be great to see Eric return to the track, as he has been missed for his prowess, attitude and all-around ability to wrestle a modern-day race bike around the track.

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