Returning for his fourth year on a Yamaha, the 2010 season will see Ben Bostrom return to compete in the AMA American Superbike class riding for Pat Clark Motorsports and in the WERA National Endurance series, under Team Zyvax. Bostrom, alongside teammate Chris Clark, will contest both series on the Graves Motorsports supported 2010 Yamaha R1.
Since his early days on the dirt track circuit, Ben Bostrom has been that rare combination of affable, laid-back guy in the paddock and fierce, no holds barred competitor on the racetrack. Ben grew up riding with, learning from, and idolizing the dirt track legends of the ‘60s and ‘70s. By the time he’d hit his late teens, Ben—the 1993 AMA Flat Track Rookie of the Year—was traveling up and down the East Coast to as many dirt track races as possible, hoping to earn a few hundred dollars at each event just so he could make it to the next.
Ben’s big break was a chance to show what he could do in the AMA’s highly competitive 600 Supersport class. His performance soon earned the attention of factory squads and 1998 found Bostrom on the grid as a full-fledged Superbike rider. As race fans now know, however, you couldn’t have designed a tougher year for a Superbike rookie. After his veteran teammate suffered a season ending injury, the eyes of the factory turned to Ben, who was soon involved in a high-pressure, down-to-the-last-race battle with the reigning Superbike champ. In the end, though, it was the rookie who triumphed, a feat virtually unheard of in AMA Superbike history.
Ben charged into the ’99 season, scoring seven Superbike class podium finishes and taking a surprise victory at the U.S. round of the World Superbike series, but in the end missed a second Superbike title by mere points. Though eager to win it back, he was called to Europe to race World Superbike for the next three years and ended the 2001 season ranked third in WSBK championship points. The following two years brought him back to America where he scored a dozen Superbike podium finishes and picked up the 2003 AMA Supermoto Championship. The following year saw him revisit World Superbike and return home to notch the Inaugural Supermoto Gold Medal at the 2004 X-Games.
Though Ben returned to the AMA Superbike class for ‘06, 2007 marked his first season with the Graves Motorsports Team where he placed second in the AMA Superstock class on the YZF-R1. The 2008 season saw Ben experience a true re-birth of his career as he won six events and the 2008 AMA 600 Supersport Championship aboard the Graves Motorsports prepared YZF-R6. Last season, aboard the YZF-R1, Bostrom finished fifth in the AMA Pro American Superbike championship, with 8 podium finishes. Following the 2009 season, Ben traveled to Costa Rica to compete in La Ruta de los Conquistadores (touted as the world's toughest mountain bike stage race) and finished fifth overall.