Saturday, August 14, 2010

Ben Bostrom Grabs the Pole On His Pat Clark Yamaha R1 at AMA Superbike Suzuki White Lightning Nationals at VIR


Ben Bostrom heads into turn 10 at Barber Motorsports Park during qualifying for the AMA Superstock Series in April of 2007. Bostrom put the Graves Yamaha/Yamaha Motorsports
YZF-R1 in the second spot in the field for the weekend behind polesitter Aaron Yates on the Jordan Suzuki. BBoz finished the event on the podium in third place behind the winning Jordan Suzuki of Aaron Yates and his team mate Jake Holden, and he finished the year second in the points to Ben Spies on the Yoshimura Suzuki, and then went on to win the AMA Supersport Series Championship in 2008 riding for Graves while amassing six wins and nine podium results in 11 events.
Ben's late season surge in the AMA Superbike Series has really amped up after he won the pole and the show at Laguna at the end of July, and he has been on form all weekend at VIR, leading the provisional pole session yesterday afternoon before being knocked down a spot by former team mate Josh Hayes. Bostrom, on his Pat Clark Motorsports Yamaha YZF-R1, took the pole this morning late in the session from Hayes and looks to add to his win tally in the series for the year, let alone overall. Great job Ben! Now let's bag another win my man!

Ben 'Captain America' Bostrom stole the pole this morning in the closing minutes of qualifying to outduel his former team mate Josh Hayes in AMA Superbike Series action at Virginia International Raceway. Riding his Pat Clark Motorsports/Palms Resorts/Las Vegas Speedway Yamaha R1, BBoz waited until the last few minutes of second round qualifying to knock Josh Hayes into the second spot on the grid by just .246 seconds, after exchanging the top spot with him through out the session. After winning the pole at Laguna in July, and going on to win the event there as well, Ben's second pole in a row this year has him on a mission as the season winds down. He qualifed at 1:24.527 with an average speed of 95.828 MPH to Hayes' 1:24.773 and 95.550 MPH average. Official results are below.

Also of note for some of the other notables in qualifying this morning, showed little brother Eric Bostrom on the Cycle World/Attack/Yoshimura Suzuki GSX-R1000 slotting into the front row in the fourth spot at 1:25.315. This being only his third event back on the grid after a 1 1/2 year layoff, EBoz is obviously getting closer to his form of old before sitting out the series during the 2009 season. And Aaron Yates, in his return to the track for Jordan Suzuki after breaking his leg at the Fontana round in late March, qualified on the second row in the eighth spot at 1:25.961. Look for Aaron to be back in the mix real soon once his leg gets stronger and he gets back into full swing on the bike again. Never count out Double A Ron.
Tommy Hayden continues his quest for the AMA Superbike Championship by qualifying his Yoshimura Rockstar Makita Suzuki GSX-R1000 in the third spot on the front row with a time of 1:25.247 and returning RoadRacingWorld/Monster Energy pilot John Hopkins, out since the early part of the season after having surgery on his much-altered wrist, qualified his Suzuki GSX-R1000 in the seventh spot at 1:25.748 for the weekend's events.

Race one AMA Superbike action rolls off this afternoon at 3:15 PM EDT and can be seen in the usual tape-delayed version on SpeedTV tonight at 10:00 P.M. EDT. Tomorrow's race two action hits the track at 2:45 PM EDT and can be seen on SpeedTV at Midnight EDT tomorrow night late. Better set the tivo if you're an east coaster!

The official results of final qualifying are listed below as are the links to the weekend's events and the AMA Live Timing and Scoring.

Bravo to BBoz and the rest of the AMA Superbike Series regulars. This weekend's events should be wicked killer as the tight and fast VIR track is a great place for some tight competition. Let's go racin', WFO baby..........
Official results of AMA Superbike round two qualifying at VIR this morning courtesy of AMA Pro Road Racing:

AMA Pro Road Racing Live Timing and Scoring for AMA Superbike Suzuki White Lightning Nationals at VIR this weekend:
AMA Superbike Suzuki White Lightning Nationals at Virginia International Raceway event info including updated results and rest-of-weekend schedule:
AMA Pro Road Racing VIR round PDF results can be found below (for ALL classes).

This has proven to be a great addition and update to the site. Bravo to the AMA Pro Racing team (thank you Kathy Hoenig!!) for stepping up on these results!

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