PICKERINGTON, Ohio -- Ending the 2000 season with an empty feeling after losing the AMA Pro Honda Oils 600 SuperSport Series by just inches was all the inspiration Eric Bostrom and Kawasaki needed. This year Bostrom returned more determined than...
PICKERINGTON, Ohio -- Ending the 2000 season with an empty feeling after losing the AMA Pro Honda Oils 600 SuperSport Series by just inches was all the inspiration Eric Bostrom and Kawasaki needed. This year Bostrom returned more determined than ever to take the coveted 600 SuperSport crown and did, handily winning three races, finishing in the top 10 seven times and taking the title by 30 points.
The Pro Honda Oils 600 SuperSport title marks the third road-racing title and fourth AMA National Championship for Bostrom. He won the Formula Xtreme Series in 1998 and the Harley-Davidson 883 Sportster based SuperTwins class in 1997. A versatile racer, Bostrom was also a flat-track racing champion, winning the Harley-Davidson 883 Dirt Track title in 1996 -- making him one of the few riders to win national titles in both road racing and flat track.
Bostrom took the 2001 series lead in 600 SuperSport after his victory at Road Atlanta. He led the championship the rest of the year, holding off strong challenges by Aussie Anthony Gobert and Canadian Miguel Duhamel, the all-time wins leader in the series. Gobert and Duhamel finished second and third, respectively.
"We almost won a championship last year but there were a few races where we should have went and got points," said Bostrom, a native of Northern California who now splits time between homes in Southern California and Las Vegas. "Maybe I played it too safe or something. This year we just said hey, 'I don't care if I fall off or whatever, I'm going to go out and win as many races as I can.' This is about one of the tougher ones to win, for sure. There's always lots of competition in this class, and anything can happen; it's always a different winner."
Bostrom's title gives Kawasaki its second AMA 600 Pro Honda Oils SuperSport title. Team Green's previous victory in the class came in 1993 with Miguel Duhamel. Bostrom has five-career wins in 600 SuperSport, which ranks him seventh on the all-time list.
<pre> FINAL 2001 AMA PRO HONDA OILS 600 SUPERSPORT CHAMPIONSHIP POINT STANDINGS
POS PTS NO RIDER, HOMETOWN BIKE WINS 1 285 32 ERIC BOSTROM, LAS VEGAS, NV KAW 3 2 265 16 ANTHONY GOBERT, TUSCANY HILLS, CA YAM 2 3 259 17 MIGUEL DUHAMEL, SARASOTA, FL HON 3 4 239 22 TOMMY HAYDEN, OWENSBORO, KY YAM 5 213 131 JOSHUA KURT HAYES, GULFPORT, MS HON 6 195 98 JAKE P ZEMKE, PASO ROBLES, CA HON 7 188 20 AARON W YATES, MILLEDGEVILLE, GA SUZ 1 8 179 21 JOHN HOPKINS, RAMONA, CA SUZ 9 159 2 JAMIE A HACKING, BOILING SPRINGS, SC SUZ 10 158 68 AARON GOBERT, AUSTRALIA, YAM 11 156 1 KURTIS L ROBERTS, MODESTO, CA HON 12 122 95 ROGER LEE HAYDEN, OWENSBORO, KY HON 13 120 86 JIMMY MOORE, EUGENE, OR SUZ 14 115 65 A GRANT LOPEZ, GULF BREEZE, FL SUZ 15 109 13 DAVID ORTEGA, MEXICO, SUZ 16 101 78 DAIGORO SUZUKI, JAPAN, KAW 17 81 3 VINCENT HASKOVEC, TEMECULA, CA SUZ 18 76 111 LEE ACREE, JAMESTOWN, NC SUZ 19 72 471 TYLER WADSWORTH, FORT COLLINS, CO YAM 20 58 69 NICKY HAYDEN, OWENSBORO, KY HON
- Connie Fleming