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Apr 22, 2009

Bostrom Still Fastest After Second Day Of AMA Testing At Infineon Raceway

Yamaha's Ben Bostrom at Infineon Raceway. courtesy Infineon Raceway/Robert Redmond
Yamaha's Bostrom Sends Clear Message to Suzuki at Infineon Raceway Test Session

SONOMA, Calif. "” Yamaha's Ben Bostrom sent a clear message to Rockstar Makita Suzuki on Tuesday during an AMA Pro Road Racing Test Session at Infineon Raceway.

Bostrom posted the best time during the two-day test session at 1 minute, 36.6 seconds over the 12-turn, 2.22-mile road course for American Superbike. The time was the quickest overall for the two-day session, bettering Bostrom's best lap from Monday (1:37.19).

Bostrom's time set the stage for the Kawasaki AMA Superbike Showdown, presented by Supercuts, May 15-17, in the Sonoma Valley. Suzuki has dominated the American Superbike class at Infineon Raceway, winning the last eight main events, but Bostrom's efforts should make for a competitive race weekend. Yamaha's last Superbike win in Sonoma came in 2001 (Anthony Gobert).

"It's one of my favorite tracks in the world and it's my old stomping grounds, " said Bostrom, a native of Redding and a graduate of nearby Petaluma High School. "The layout is almost like two of the hardest tracks put together, and it's a great place to test and get ready for the rest of the season."

Seventeen riders from nine teams, including Attack Kawasaki, Yamaha, Suzuki, Corona Extra Honda and Foremost Ducati, attended the test, which was billed as Two-Wheel Thunder. More than 200 race fans came out to watch testing, as well as Supermoto USA demonstrations and a Track Talk Q&A session with riders.

Bostrom, the reigning AMA Pro SuperSport Champion and winner of the 2008 Supersport race in Sonoma, was followed by Suzuki's Blake Young (1:36.89) and Mat Mladin (1:36.95). This marked the first official test for Suzuki riders on-board the new 2009 GSX-R1000.

Attack Kawasaki's Jamie Hacking also posted the top time for the second day among the Daytona SportBike riders (1:39.3), followed by Graves Yamaha's Josh Herrin (1:39.45) and Steve Rapp (Bazzaz Racing, 1:39.9).

For ticket information to the Kawasaki AMA Superbike Showdown, presented by Supercuts, in May visit www.infineonraceway.com or call 800-870-RACE.



AMA Pro Road Racing Series Test Session
Infineon Raceway, Sonoma

The top times from Monday's test session over the 12-turn, 2.22-mile road course at Infineon Raceway. All times were reported by individual race teams:

AMERICAN SUPERBIKE

Ben Bostrom (Yamaha) 1:36.6

Blake Young (Suzuki) 1:36.89

Mat Mladin (Suzuki) 1:36.95

Josh Hayes (Yamaha) 1:37.2

Larry Pegram (Ducati) 1:37.3

Jake Holden (Honda) 1:37.3

Tommy Hayden (Suzuki) 1:37.6

Kevin Boisvert (Suzuki) 1:44.2

Husband Dylon (Kawasaki) N/A



DAYTONA SPORTBIKE

Jamie Hacking (Kawasaki) 1:39.3

Josh Herrin (Yamaha) 1:39.45

Steve Rapp (Yamaha) 1:39.9

Roger Hayden (Kawasaki) 1:40.1

Tommy Aquino (Yamaha) 1:40.18

Michael Beck (Yamaha) 1:41.4

Tyler Odom (Honda) 1:43.4

Chris Clark (Yamaha) 1:45.9



SUPERSPORT

Leandro Mercado (Kawasaki) 1:41.49