Jun 20, 2002
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From a press release:<BR><BR>VIR test a success<BR><BR>June 20, 2002 – Alton, VA. After spending two days in the Southeast, piloting his Kawasaki Superbike through the turns at Virginia International Raceway () and showing off his new wild hairdo, Eric Bostrom came away from the test confident enough to label it a success. "Our pre-test setup was good going into the test and proved to be a winner, so we didn't really have much to test. Of course, we still went through some suspension pieces and tried a number of things with the front end. The bike still seems a little too harsh on the bumps, but I'm pretty happy with how things went. In fact, I went over a second faster during the test on race tires (running consistent mid-1:25s) than I did last year on a Qualifier. So it's all positive. Running the extra World Superbike rounds this year has really helped both my confidence and the team's ability to set up the bike. Our learning curve has really steepened by being over there and our bike set-up is better now than it's been all year. It's also helped my riding and been a bit of a catalyst to my season."<hr noshade size="1" width="450" align="left"><img src="../issues/jun02/eboz.jpg"><hr noshade size="1" width="450" align="left">With the big Laguna Seca weekend approaching, Eric is looking forward to making another strong showing in World Superbike, although he realizes he faces stiff competition at his favorite track. "I know my brother and Neil (Hodgson) were tough last year. And all the World Superbike guys ride hard all the time and then there's that war between (Troy) Bayliss and (Colin) Edwards; those guys have been tough and incredibly fast this year. It's basically going to be an all-out battle with those guys. So honestly, it's going to be really tough to get on the podium, but I'm going to try really hard to make it happen. My fans expect that. It won't be for a lack of effort if it doesn't happen, that's for sure."<BR><BR>Back in the AMA Superbike Championship, Eric is experiencing a strong surge to his season, finishing on the podium in the last four consecutive Superbike races. In fact, Eric has managed to cut Nicky Hayden's huge 80 point lead in half, taking it down to a reachable 40 points. But how does he feel about his chances to improve on his 2nd place finish in last year's Championship and actually win the Superbike title this year? "It's still a long shot, of course. But honestly, I'm not thinking about that at all right now. I want to see if we can win Brainerd first. That would be a huge confidence boost, and then, of course, I can't wait for Laguna. I always feel confident about that one. So who knows? I do think that we can go strong in the last six races (4 rounds, 2 doubleheaders)."<BR><BR>If Nicky cracks under the pressure and makes a mistake, Eric might indeed end up surprising everyone for the Championship.<BR><BR>Eric Bostrom continues to be proudly sponsored by:<BR>Kawasaki ( and ( ( ( ( () <BR>Ecko ( () <BR>Maxima () <BR>Lockhart Phillips () <BR>Akrapovic () <BR>Ohlins () <BR>