Jul 24, 2002
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From a press release issued by Eric Bostrom's manager, Norm Viano: <BR><BR>Five poles in a row?<BR><BR>July 24, 2002 – Las Vegas, NV. Eric Bostrom is on a roll. The popular Las Vegas rider is heading to Mid-Ohio to give Nicky Hayden everything he can handle in his quest for the AMA Superbike Championship. Based on Eric's performance this season, Nicky will have his hands full. Currently sitting in second position (36 points) behind Nicky, Eric's two wins, eight podiums and four straight pole positions in the Superbike class is proof that Eric might just be the best road racer in America. <BR><BR>One thing is certain, however, Eric is ready for Mid-Ohio. "I like the doubleheader format. We have a better fight with the championship and with getting every point available. We've been the fastest guy lately, but have been at a disadvantage at some of these long-straightaway tracks. But these last couple of tracks don't have long straightaways, so it's playing into our hands."<BR><BR>Not only is Eric riding exceptionally well this season, but the entire Kawasaki road racing team, and particularly his core team of Matt Worbes, Kenny Hunter, and Jeremy Robinson are all working hard to give Eric everything he needs to win the AMA Chevy Trucks Superbike Championship. "The crew– we're all working really well together. Communication just seems to be getting better and better. Now we're pretty comfortable together and not making big changes to the bike like we maybe did earlier in the season. We have things more under control."<BR><BR>An anticipated big crowd at Mid-Ohio (which might be 70,000 to 80,000 strong for the weekend) will be on hand to watch the battle. "The crowd is always good at Mid-Ohio. I'm not a local boy there, but there still seem to be lots of fans cheering for me. It's one of the better races that we go to. And I'm feeling real good. Results-wise, Mid-Ohio's never treated me all that great in the past. So it's time that we win there. I said the same thing about Sears Point, that we were going to finally go there and win, and we didn't because the bike chattered all the way around the track. So if we can get the chatter out of the bike this weekend, we're going to be dangerous."