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Jul 19, 2011

Ben Bostrom To Race LCR Honda MotoGP Bike And Jordan Suzuki AMA Superbike At Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca

Ben Bostrom (23).
MICHAEL JORDAN MOTORSPORTS' BEN BOSTROM SCORES MOTOGP WILD CARD RIDE AT LAGUNA SECA

Chicago, IL Michael Jordan Motorsports (MJM) rider Ben Bostrom will be doing double duty this weekend in Laguna Seca, CA during the combined events of the 2011 AMA Pro National Guard Superbike Championship and the Red Bull U.S. Grand Prix. Bostrom has been enlisted by the LCR team to run alongside its rider Toni Elias when MotoGP returns to Laguna Seca. The MJM rider will also race, as usual, in the AMA Pro Superbike class aboard his Michael Jordan Motorsports Suzuki GSX-R1000.

The decision to invite Bostrom, a former World Superbike rider, to compete in Moto GP on a Honda RC212V is a result of the excellent relationship between the LCR team and the management of Michael Jordan Motorsports. The premier class of racing, MotoGP is gaining popularity in the United States. The race at Laguna Seca is one of two MotoGP stops in the United States in 2011.

This is the second year in a row that the LCR team has enlisted an American racer to ride the team's bike in MotoGP competition. Last season, Bostrom's MJM teammate Roger Lee Hayden substituted for LCR's injured Randy De Puniet at Laguna Seca.

"Words can't express how excited I am to get this amazing opportunity to race on my home track in front of the whole world," said Bostrom. "I have to thank Michael Jordan Motorsports and American Suzuki for allowing this to happen. The collaboration between Lucio, LCR and the MJM team has been terrific. I'm going to get on the GP bike and put it as close to the front as possible. Then I'm going to hop on my Jordan Suzuki bike and try to create even more magic."

"The U.S. GP takes place at one of the most spectacular racetracks in the world," said Lucio Cecchinello, CEO of LCR. "Because of the great relationship between our team and Michael Jordan Motorsports, we decided to invite one of Laguna Seca's most successful riders to compete for us in the race: Ben Bostrom. I'd like to offer many thanks to the Michael Jordan Motorsports team for the great collaboration and the amazing support."

"American Suzuki would like to congratulate Ben Bostrom for being selected for this one-off seat on a MotoGP bike," said American Suzuki's Race Support Manager, Pat Alexander. "Ben has been an asset to the Suzuki brand and we are happy to allow him this rare opportunity."

The combined events of the 2011 AMA Pro National Guard Superbike Championship and the Red Bull U.S. Grand Prix are at the Laguna Seca Raceway in Monterey, California on July 22-24, 2011.

ABOUT MICHAEL JORDAN MOTORSPORTS:
Legendary NBA star Michael Jordan formed Michael Jordan Motorsports in 2004 as a result of his passion for motorcycle racing. His mission is to bring a new level of excellence and style to the motorcycle racing industry.
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More, from a press release issued by LCR Honda:

AN EXTRAORDINARY "WILD CARD" FOR THE LCR TEAM AT THE GP OF THE UNITED STATES

This weekend, the LCR team will "double up" its efforts at the Red Bull U.S. Grand Prix at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca in Monterey, California. LCR's Toni Elias will be joined by Michael Jordan Motorsports' Ben Bostrom, who will compete in the MotoGP race as a wild card. Bostrom will also race, as usual, in the AMA Superbike class.

The decision to invite Bostrom, a former World Superbike rider, to compete in MotoGP on one of the Honda RC212Vs is a result of the excellent relationship between the LCR Team and the management of Michael Jordan Motorsports, which is owned by the legendary NBA superstar Michael Jordan. MotoGP is gaining popularity in the United States and the Laguna Seca race is one of two MotoGP stops in the United States this season.

As in 2010 when the LCR Team gave Roger Lee Hayden the opportunity to ride the team's bike in the MotoGP race after Randy De Puniet fractured his left lower leg at the race in Sachsenring Germany, Lucio and the team´s partners are taking the opportunity to experience another MotoGP race in the United States with a "made in the USA" rider.

Lucio Cecchinello: "The U.S. GP takes place at one of the most spectacular racetracks in the world. The interest of the American fans of this sport grows more and more from year to year and the spectators are always very enthusiastic. Considering that some of our partners are operating in the American market, we thought that we should organize a special event before the summer break. Because of the great relationship between the LCR team and Michael Jordan Motorsports, we decided to invite one of Laguna Seca's most successful riders to compete for us in the race: Ben Bostrom. Ben will ride with one of our RCVs as a "wild card" rider for only one race, while also taking part in the AMA Superbike race for Michael Jordan Motorsports. I'd like to offer many thanks to the Michael Jordan Motorsports team for the great collaboration and the amazing support."

Ben Bostrom: "Words can't express how excited I am to get this amazing opportunity to race on my home track in front of the whole world. I have to thank Michael Jordan Motorsports and American Suzuki for allowing this to happen. The collaboration between Lucio, LCR and the MJM team has been terrific. I'm going to get on the GP bike and put it as close to the front as possible. Then I'm going to hop on my Jordan Suzuki bike and try to create even more magic."