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Series Supersport champion - Ben Bostrom

Ben Bostrom wins 2008 AMA Supersport Championship DAYTONA BEACH, Florida - Ben Bostrom wrapped up the 2008 AMA Pro Honda Oils Supersport Championship presented by Shoei with a solid second-place finish in the last race of the season. The ...

Ben Bostrom wins 2008 AMA Supersport Championship

DAYTONA BEACH, Florida - Ben Bostrom wrapped up the 2008 AMA Pro Honda Oils Supersport Championship presented by Shoei with a solid second-place finish in the last race of the season.

The 34-year-old Californian carried a 24-point championship lead coming into Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca. All he needed was 12 points-17th position-to put the title out of newly crowned Formula Xtreme champion Jake Zemke's grasp.

Starting from pole position, Bostrom's plan was to watch the battle up front from a safe distance. Sitting in third, he had a front-row seat for a torrid battle for the lead between teammates Martin Cardenas and Blake Young. When Cardenas went off the track on the last lap, Bostrom inherited second, within striking distance of Young, but couldn't make the pass.

Bostrom's path from dirt track to professional road racing was a smooth transition via the AMA Supertwins series, where he won a race in 1995. He secured the AMA Superbike title in 1998. Following a runner-up AMA Superbike performance in '99, he went on to compete in the Superbike World Championship. In three seasons and 107 races, Bostrom took seven wins, stood on the podium another 14 times and placed as high as third in the World Superbike Championship.

Returning to AMA competition, Bostrom combined his dirt and tarmac skills and prevailed in the winner-take-all final round of the 2004 AMA Supermoto championship.

The new Supersport champion wrapped up this 11-race series with six poles, six wins and 10 podium finishes. Bostrom now has 16 AMA professional road racing victories in the record books.

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Series AMA
Drivers Jake Zemke , Martin Cardenas , Ben Bostrom