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Feb 21, 2001

Ben Bostrom Explains What Life In World Superbike Is Really Like

Copyright 2001, Roadracing World Publishing, Inc.

Ben Bostrom topped the time charts after two days of World Superbike team testing at Valencia, February 18-19. Riding his works Ducati 996R on Dunlop tires, Bostrom turned a fastest lap at 1:36.438. Second-fastest was Aprilia's Troy Corser at 1:36.449, followed by Honda's Tadayuki Okada at 1:36.478, Ducati's Troy Bayliss at 1:36.657, Aprilia's Antonio Antonello at 1:36.828, Honda's Colin Edwards at1:36.859, Ducati's Neil Hodgson at 1:37.471, Kawasaki's Carlos Lavilla at 1:37.634, Ducati's Ruben Xaus at 1:37.677 and Suzuki's Pierfrancesco Chili at 1:37.770.


What's it really like in the World Superbike arena? We asked Bostrom:

"F--k, it's tough, man. The rider has to get on the bike, bust his balls, and go ‘F--k, I still got three seconds to go?' You know? Where am I gonna find that? You dig a little deeper, you almost crash maybe, 10, 15 times in that practice session, you come back, they read the data, they change the bike for a little better, rider goes back out, you don't think you can go any faster, you still have another second-and-a-half to go, and you find it."


On showing up in World Superbike after life in AMA Superbike:

"You think you're fast but then you gotta step up. And when you think you can't find that extra second, you find it. I don't know where you find it. You're scared. And you take a huge chance of crashing every time."


On pushing the personal envelope:

"The thing is, once you ride over your limit, you established a new limit. Know what I mean? And if you want to win, you ride over your limit again. You hope you don't crash. And you establish another limit. That's just the way it works."