FOUNTAIN, Colo. - "Keeping it in the family" would be an appropriate slogan when the Cruise America AMA Superbike Weekend begins Friday at Pikes Peak International Raceway. In addition to the top brother team of Ben and Eric Bostrom, their...
FOUNTAIN, Colo. - "Keeping it in the family" would be an appropriate slogan when the Cruise America AMA Superbike Weekend begins Friday at Pikes Peak International Raceway.
In addition to the top brother team of Ben and Eric Bostrom, their are a pair of notable second-generation riders in the field.
The Bostroms both cite their earliest recollections of riding a motorcycle to as young as 2 years old when they rode on their mom's dirt bike.
Ben Bostrom, 24, is locked in a battle with veteran three-time Superbike champ Doug Chandler. Entering PPIR, Bostrom trails Chandler by 2 points. The hard-charging Bostrom is in his first full year of MBNA Superbike competition and has been pushing himself and the American Honda RC45 all season long.
Eric Bostrom, 21, turned pro five years ago and won 10 of 11 races last year to take the SuperTwins title. This year he is dominating Formula Xtreme with eight wins and holds a 40-point lead over the field.
Two legendary names in the world of motorcycle road racing are being introduced to a new generation.
Jason Pridmore, 28, has raced professionally since 1990 and although he won the 600 SuperSport title but he has a long way to go to match the records set by his dad, Reg Pridmore. Reg is a three-time AMA Superbike champion.
One of the biggest names in motorcycle racing history is Kenny Roberts, and now his son, Kurtis, 19, is beginning to ride out of his father's shadow. Kurtis, who turned pro four years ago when he was 16, is third in Grand Prix standings. Although he has one win this year, he trails points leader Roland Sands by 47 points.
Kenny Roberts Sr. became the youngest rider to win the AMA Grand National Championship in 1973 and he repeated the feat the following year. But it was in 1978 that Roberts won world attention when he became the first American to win the 500cc World Championship. He went on to win an unprecedented three consecutive World Championships. When Kenny retired from active competition, his career record stood at 32 AMA victories and 22 World Grand Prix wins.
Kurtis's older brother, Kenny Jr., rides for his dad's team in Europe for Team Marlboro and finished 16th place in 500cc Grand Prix Championship standings.