Friday, August 28, 1998 One of the closest MBNA Superbike Championship fights in years will highlight the MBNA Superbike Tour when it comes to Pikes Peak International Raceway for the Sept. 4-6 Cruise America American Motorcyclist...
Friday, August 28, 1998
One of the closest MBNA Superbike Championship fights in years will highlight the MBNA Superbike Tour when it comes to Pikes Peak International Raceway for the Sept. 4-6 Cruise America American Motorcyclist Association Superbike National presented by Suzuki.
An international field of elite motorcycle pilots are readying for the race, but all eyes at Pikes Peak will be on two Americans locked in an epic battle for the 1998 MBNA Superbike title: Doug Chandler, the defending and three-time MBNA Superbike Champion, and the young gun, 24-year old Ben Bostrom.
Chandler, 32, captured the 1990, 1996 and 1997 MBNA Superbike titles. He has ridden his Kawasaki ZX7 to the top of the standings again this year, and with 298 points is on the verge of achieving legendary status as the first rider to win four MBNA Superbike titles.
With only two races remaining, Honda factory rider Ben 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. Bostrom rides all-out, sliding through turns and applying heart-stopping late-braking techniques. His efforts have resulted in three Superbike podium appearances, and six additional top-five finishes.
While age and experience separate the venerable talents of Chandler and Bostrom, their now convergent paths have been strikingly similar:
Each started his racing career in AMA dirt-track racing, where each earned Rookie of the Year honors - Chandler in 1983, and Bostrom exactly 10 years later;
Chandler entered his first Superbike race aboard a Honda in 1987, and Bostrom did the same 10 years later;
Both Chandler and Bostrom are easygoing, good-natured, native Californians;
And both riders also compete in the Pro Honda Oils 600 SuperSport series, where Bostrom trails Chandler by only 6 points in a chase for series second-place.
"Doug and I know we have to forget about everybody else, and just beat the other guy," said Bostrom from his home in California, "I'd like to beat him in both races (Superbike and 600 SuperSport), but I wish the best of luck to him. He's a good guy, and we get along really well. I talked with him the other night and it was just like everything was normal."
For tickets and event information for the MBNA Superbike Tour races at Pikes Peak International Raceway, call (815) 722-5500.