Eric Bostrom's theme song this weekend during the Colonel's Truck Accessories American Motorcyclist Association Classic at Colonel's Brainerd International Raceway could be Billy Joel's "Pressure."
He not only has to defend his last name, he won the AMA Chevy Trucks Superbike feature at CBIR in 1998 on a Honda and his older brother, Ben, won it last year, but he also could be only the second Kawasaki Superbike racer to win an AMA Superbike feature at CBIR.
Not since Wayne Rainey won in 1983 has a Kawasaki racer won at CBIR in the AMA series. Eric's teammate and three-time superbike points champion, Doug Chandler, won a round of the World Superbike Championships at CBIR in 1990.
"We're due. The team has been getting better and better this year," Bostrom said.
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Eric, 23, is fourth in the superbike points standings after nabbing four Superbike podium (first through third) finishes so far this season. His best finish so far, second, was at Loudon, N.H.
In the Pro Honda Oils 600 Supersport Series, Eric in only five points behind points leader, Kurtis Roberts.
"In the 600 there is a certain amount of pressure and I'm looking forward to a good 600 race," Eric said.
He noted that in the superbike series since he is fourth in the standings, he wants "just to go out there and win."
He also received some advice from Ben on how to win at CBIR.
"We talked about where there were good places to make time and passes," he said. "I'm keyed up. I'm ready. We both feel like we're due."
Ben was racing a Ducati in the World Championship Superbike Series in England this weekend. Ben also won at CBIR last year on a Ducati. he hasn't won in the series yet this season.
This also is Eric's first year behind the handlebars of a Team Green Kawasaki 750.
He said both the Honda and Kawasaki motorcycles have their strong points and weak points.
He added that Kawasaki is known for its excellent cornering abilities.
"You can win the race in the corner," he said. "(A Kawasaki's) straightaway speed remains to be seen."
CBIR's well-known long straightaway and first turn was described as "real fast" by Eric.
"You keep (the throttle) pinned all the way through the turn," he said. "It definitely makes you use all your concentration."
After last season when he finished seventh in the points and did not nab a podium finish, Eric has good reason to concentrate all season.
"It really wasn't a great year for me," he said. "Injuries and what not, I had a lot of things to sort out."
He began the season crashing during practice for the season opener at Daytona.
After pinning the throttle on a right hand turn, his Honda came around and pitched him off the left side. His cycle than bounced up in the air and landed on his feet, breaking his left ankle at the joint.
Eric said he made a bit of a "rookie mistake" by using the wrong tire for the situation.
As for his ankle, he had to have screws put in it to put the joint back in place. He also stretched several ligaments in his right leg.
"It was just a mental hangup more than anything," he said. "I was a bit keyed up for the first race of the year."
He also must have been keyed up on Friday at CBIR in the first round of qualifying. He qualified fifth.
The superbikers also were slated for another round of qualifying on Saturday with the final at 2 p.m. today.
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