Ben Bostrom To Race Laguna MotoGP

July 19, 2011
Ken Hutchison
Ken Hutchison
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The ulcers keep piling on for the warden of the MotoUSA asylum. With the inmates running rampant around the globe, Hutch has opted to get in on the madness more these days than in years past and is back in the saddle again.

Michael Jordan Motorsports rider Ben Bostrom will race as a Wild card during the 2011 Red Bull US Grand Prix at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca.
Michael Jordan Motorsports Suzuki rider Ben Bostrom’s career has been defined by his performances at Mazda raceway Laguna Seca. He will have the chance to compete in MotoGP at the famous track during the upcoming USGP.

Michael Jordan Motorsports rider Ben Bostrom will compete as a wild card rider at the upcoming USGP at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca. Bostrom, a multi-time winner at the famed Laguna circuit during his career, will have the opportunity to ride with the LCR Honda team alongside the team’s regular rider Toni Elias aboard the proven RC212V.

“The U.S. GP takes place at one of the most spectacular racetracks in the world,” confirms Lucio Cechinello, CEO of LCR. “Because of the great relationship between our team and Michael Jordan Motorsports, we decided to invite one of Laguna Seca’s most successful riders to compete for us in the race: Ben Bostrom. I’d like to offer many thanks to the Michael Jordan Motorsports team for the great collaboration and the amazing support.”

Last year LCR Honda showcased the GP skills of Roger Hayden who went on to finish a respectable 11th place in a race of attrition that saw five regular MotoGP riders DNF. Now Bostrom, whose exploits at Laguna are the stuff of legend, will get his chance to shine on the granddaddy of all motorcycle races in the United States.

“Words can’t express how excited I am to get this opportunity to race on my home track in front of the whole world,” said Bostrom, who won the AMA Superbike race at Laguna in 2010. “I have to thank Michael Jordan Motorsports and American Suzuki for allowing this to happen. The collaboration between Lucio, LCR and the MJM team has been terrific. I’m going to get on the GP bike and put it as close to the front as possible. Then I’m going to hop on my Jordan Suzuki bike and try to create even more magic.”

Historically, Bostrom has had some of his most memorable races in situations similar to this. His defining moment as a world class racer came in 1999, when he took full advantage of the opportunity to race as a wild card in World Superbike. Bostrom went 2-1, finishing three seconds behind his Vance & Hines Ducati teammate Anthony Gobert in Race 1 before claiming victory in Race 2 ahead of Troy Corser. He rose to World Superbike stardom in the years that followed and even pulled off the double win at Laguna Seca in 2001. Bostrom won the AMA Superbike support race at Laguna in 2010 as well so his track knowledge and experience could allow him to be a real dark horse this weekend.

Ben Bostrom History at Laguna Seca
2010 – Winner – AMA Superbike – Pat Clark Yamaha R1
2009 – 5th – AMA Superbike – Graves Motorsports Yamaha R1
2008 – Winner – AMA Supersport – Graves Yamaha R6
2006 – 7th – AMA Superbike – Parts Unlimited Ducati 999R
2004 – Winner – AMA Superbike – Parts Unlimited Honda CBR1000RR
2003 – 6th AMA Supersport – American Honda CBR600RR
2002 – 8th Race 1 – 5th Race 2 – World Superbike – Ducati L&M 996R
2001 – Double Winner – World Superbike –  Ducati L&M 996R
2000 – 4th Race 1 – 3rd Race 2 – World Superbike – Ducati NCR 996R
1999 – Winner – Race 2 – 2nd Race 1 – World Superbike – Vance & Hines Ducati
1998 – AMA Superbike Champion

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