AMA Superbike: Holden to Replace Bostrom
Barber AMA Pro Racing
Pat Clark Motorsports rider Ben Bostrom, who recently won both the poll and the race at the seventh round of the 2010 AMA Superbike season at Laguna Seca, will be unable to ride in the upcoming Superbike Classic at Barber Motorsports Park in Birmingham, Alabama, due to injuries sustained on Labor Day weekend at the New Jersey Motorsports Park.
Racing in Bostrom’s place will be veteran rider Jake Holden, who finished fourth at Laguna Seca and fifth in Race 2 at this year’s Road America in American Superbike.
Holden turned Pro in 1999 and has competed regularly in AMA Pro Superbike and Superstock since 2000. Over the past ten years, he has turned in consistently outstanding results.
Bostrom, who was going into Barber with an impressive fourth-place ranking, broke ribs four and five at the AMA Superbike race in Millville, New Jersey.
Bostrom had hoped to recover in time to compete in Birmingham, but decided against doing so after attempting to ride his R1 street bike on Tuesday. Had he been able to race, Bostrom had an excellent chance of getting into the top three. Bostrom was very pleased with the decision to send Holden to Barber in his place.
Ben Bostrom says: “Holden is a master at Barber and Laguna. I think he will really do the team justice.”
Riding with Holden on the Pat Clark Motorsports team will be Chris Clark, who is currently in 10th position and hoping to retain that ranking going into the 2011 season.
Team Manager, Ron Heben, remains very optimistic about the upcoming race.
Ron Heben says: “Losing Ben this late in the season is a very tough break, but we’ve had a very good year and we believe that Jake Holden is an exceptional rider who has everything that it takes to help us finish strong. Ben’s injuries could have been a lot worse, but there’s no question that Ben and Chris will go into the 2011 season with tremendous momentum behind them.”