PICKERINGTON, Ohio -- A trio of top riders from the AMA Chevy Trucks U.S. Superbike Championship plan to compete in the World Superbike rounds at Mazda Raceway at Laguna Seca on July 8. Kawasaki riders Eric Bostrom and Doug Chandler and Yamaha's...
PICKERINGTON, Ohio -- A trio of top riders from the AMA Chevy Trucks U.S. Superbike Championship plan to compete in the World Superbike rounds at Mazda Raceway at Laguna Seca on July 8. Kawasaki riders Eric Bostrom and Doug Chandler and Yamaha's Anthony Gobert will be wild-card entries in the world championship race.
Chandler and Gobert have both earned victories in the World Superbike Championship, while Bostrom hopes to follow in his brother Ben's footsteps and win a World Superbike race as a wild-card rider. Of the three, Gobert certainly has the most experience in World Superbike. The 26-year-old Australian entered the highly competitive World Superbike series 1994. He amazed the race community by entering the Phillip Island round of World Superbike as a wild card and won the race! Since his incredible debut, Gobert has captured eight World Superbike wins, his most recent in Australia last year. The "Go-Show" has always been a fan favorite in the U.S. even before he first came to race AMA Superbike in 1998. He has won U.S. World Superbike rounds three times before (1995, 1996 and 1999). He calls Laguna Seca one of his favorite racing circuits in the world.
Gobert is recovering from injuries suffered in a crash at Loudon, N.H., three weeks ago. Chandler also won a U.S. round of the World Superbike Series in 1990 in Brainerd, Minn. The 35-year-old rider from Salinas, Calif., went on to win a round in Japan later that season. If Chandler could win a round at Laguna Seca, it would mark the longest time between wins (11 years) in the history of World Superbike.
Chandler was only the third American to win a World Superbike race in 1990– his Kawasaki teammate Eric Bostrom will attempt to become the 10th American to stand atop the podium in the series. Eric is coming off a winning performance in the AMA Chevy Trucks U.S. Superbike Championship at Loudon. The 24-year-old Northern Californian would dearly love to win in front of friends and family at Laguna Seca. He could also follow in his brother's footsteps with a victory.
"I'm really pumped going into Laguna Seca, still high off of our Loudon win. Laguna is my favorite track in this country, and I'm really looking forward to being back home in Northern California, and seeing my home crowd. It's also great to be reuniting racing with my brother. I'm looking forward to a great race," said Bostrom. Ben was a surprise World Superbike winner at Laguna Seca in 1999. His victory that year led to him being hired as a factory rider for Ducati in the World Superbike Series. Ben won the latest round of the championships in San Marino. For immediate post-race results, rider information, AMA Pro Racing notes and news, log on to www.amaproracing.com.