Kawasaki returns to AMA Pro Racing in 2011 with Eric Bostrom at the controls. The 34-year-old will campaign Kawasaki’s redesigned ZX-10R in American SuperBike under the Team Cycle World Attack Performance. Bostrom will also compete in the opening round Daytona 200, where he will source an Attack-prepped ZX-6R alongside SuperSport competitor J.D. Beach.
Bostrom raced select American Superbike rounds in 2010 also backed by Cycle World and Attack, but with the Suzuki GSX-R1000. It was a return to action for the native Californian, who sat out the entire 2009 season Kawasaki also sat out a year in AMA Pro Racing, watching the 2010 season from the sidelines. But with its ZX-10R Superbike completely redesign for 2011, Kawasaki is officially back in the AMA paddock.
In a Cycle World press release announcing the team, Kawasaki’s Director of Marketing Communications, Chris Bull, said: “We are so excited that Cycle World selected the Ninja ZX-10R and ZX-6R to race at Daytona… Eric and JD are two of the most talented racers on the circuit, and we are looking forward to watching these guys make it happen on the track.”
The actual Kawasaki ZX-6R that won both stages of our Modified Supersport Shootout will be turning laps at the Daytona 200 so we will see how good it really is in March.
Attack and Kawasaki have a long history of road racing collaboration. The Attack Kawasaki team enjoyed great success under the guidance of owner Richard Stanboli, who returns as the Bostrom’s team manager. One of the few private teams to make waves in the series, the Attack Kawasaki squad claimed multiple race wins aboard the ZX-6R, including consecutive Daytona 200 wins (Chaz Davies 2008, Steve Rapp 2007).
Bostrom and Beach not only have Daytona 200-winning support behind them, we received word that one of the ZX-6Rs headed to Daytona is the very test unit that won both stages of our 2010 Modified Supersport Shootout.
The 2011 Daytona 200 is scheduled for Saturday, March 12, capping off the racing action for Bike Week. Reversing a trend in recent years to run it under the lights as a night race, the Daytona 200 will return as a day race.