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Eric Bostrom wins AMA 600 SuperSport Championship

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

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Series AMA
Drivers Anthony Gobert , Miguel Duhamel , Eric Bostrom