News 20 Jul 2011

Bostrom to make shock MotoGP appearance in America with LCR

American fans will have another local to cheer on in Ben Bostrom this weekend at Laguna Seca.

American fans will have another local to cheer on in Ben Bostrom this weekend at Laguna Seca.

Californian Ben Bostrom will make a shock MotoGP debut this weekend at Laguna Seca, joining Toni Elias at LCR Honda in a wild card appearance.

This weekend, the LCR team will double up its efforts at the Red Bull U.S. Grand Prix at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, and Bostrom will also race, as usual, in the AMA Superbike class for Michael Jordan Motorsports aboard a GSX-R1000.

The decision to invite Bostrom, a former World Superbike race winner, to compete in MotoGP on one of the Honda RC212Vs is a result of the excellent relationship between the LCR Team and the management of Michael Jordan Motorsports – owned by the legendary NBA superstar Michael Jordan.

“Words can’t express how excited I am to get this amazing opportunity to race on my home track in front of the whole world,” Bostrom said. “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.”

MotoGP is gaining popularity in the United States and the Laguna Seca race is one of two MotoGP stops in the United States this season.

As in 2010 when the LCR Team gave Roger Lee Hayden the opportunity to ride the team’s bike in the MotoGP race after Randy De Puniet fractured his left lower leg in Germany, team boss Lucio Cecchinello looks forward to hosting a local rider.

“The U.S. GP takes place at one of the most spectacular racetracks in the world,” he explained. “The interest of the American fans of this sport grows more and more from year to year and the spectators are always very enthusiastic.

“Considering that some of our partners are operating in the American market, we thought that we should organise a special event before the summer break.

“Because of the great relationship between the LCR 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.

“Ben will ride with one of our RCVs as a wild card rider for only one race, while also taking part in the AMA Superbike race for Michael Jordan Motorsports.

“I’d like to offer many thanks to the Michael Jordan Motorsports team for the great collaboration and the amazing support.”

Bostrom won the Laguna Seca round of the AMA Superbike Championship last season aboard a private Yamaha.