Kawasaki in the AMA Superbike points lead on a freaking 12 year old bike with an 800cc engine....lol YA BABY !
ROAD RACING - Bostrom Wins on Wet/Dry Road America
By Henny Ray Abrams
Making the Best of It 6/8/2003
Kawasaki’s Eric Bostrom hoped for a wet race and he got it. On a wet, but rapidly drying track Bostrom set one fast lap after another to win his second race in three tries, this one coming on an overcast day at Road America in Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin.
Dropping the hammer from the minute he took the lead, from Ducati Austin’s Anthony Gobert on the third lap, Bostrom sped away, the lead growing to nearly 40 seconds before ending at 32.623.
Second went to Yoshimura Suzuki’s Aaron Yates, who patiently moved through the field, before crashing heavily on the cooldown lap. Dream Team Ducati’s Larry Pegram got his first podium finish of the year in third.
Then came American Honda’s Miguel DuHamel, the lone front runner to opt for cut slicks. Well back in the field early, he moved quickly forward as the track dried, going from seventh to fourth on the final lap by passing teammate Ben Bostrom.
Millennium Technologies/Kaufmann Trailers/KWS Motorsports’ Shawn Higbee was seventh in front of the Prieto Racing Suzuki of Michael Barnes.
Erion Honda’s Kurtis Roberts and Yoshimura Suzuki’s Mat Mladin filled out the top 10.
Championship leader Mladin pitted to change his wet tires for cut slicks at the midpoint of the race while running outside of the top 10. Bostrom takes over the points lead by a point, 294 to 293, with his victory. Yates moves into third with 276 points.
The track was mostly wet, with a few puddles, and the rain had slowed to a light drizzle and the riders were given two warm-up laps to make their tire choice. The unanimous choice among the front-runners was full wets, with the exception of DuHamel, who chose cut slicks.
Gobert got the jump followed by Bostrom, and Pridmore, three of the four fastest riders in Friday’s wet qualifying session.
Then the top two were away, Bostrom taking the lead with a draft slingshot into turn one, Gobert taking it back, then Bostrom taking the lead again out of turn five for the run up the hill.
Pridmore was all alone in third place with Yates in front of Prieto Racing’s Michael Barnes, but that would soon change.
Bostrom’s third lap was the fastest of the race, 2:40.585, over two seconds faster than Gobert, the time contributing to his 2.384 second gap ending the lap.
He dropped it again into the 2:39’s with his lead nearly six seconds after the fourth lap.
Yates and Pegram made a run on Pridmore on the fifth lap, Pegram by Yates, as the pair began to close up on second placed Gobert.
On the sixth lap they were on Gobert, gobbling him up out of the Carousel with Pridmore and Pegram past and Yates soon to follow, making the pass entering the new bend after the Carousel.
Bostrom turned a 2:36.411, over 3.5 seconds faster than Pridmore as he grew his lap to nearly 17 seconds at the end of the sixth lap.
The battle would be for second with Pridmore, Pegram, and Yates hooking together, Pegram the lone Michelin runner in the top, the former dirt tracker going up the inside of Pridmore exiting the final corner to take second, easily his best position of the year.
Yates got by Pridmore on the eighth lap, the pair leaving Pridmore behind, well in front of Gobert who was about to bee visited by Michael Barnes and Shawn Higbee.
Yates got the pass done on Pegram in turn one on the 10th lap and quickly pulled away, aware of the points bounty to be had over the struggling Mladin.
Yates was a secure second, with Pegram third.
Once the track dried out DuHamel was on the move, setting one fast time after another, ending with a best of 2:25.235 on the final lap, good for fourth place.
1. Eric Bostrom (Kawasaki)
2. Aaron Yates (Suzuki)
3. Larry Pegram (Ducati)
4. Miguel DuHamel (Honda)
5. Ben Bostrom (Honda)
6. Jason Pridmore (Suzuki)
7. Shawn Higbee (Suzuki)
8. Michael Barnes (Suzuki)
9. Kurtis Roberts (Honda)
10. Mat Mladin (Suzuki)