Ben Bostrom will leave the Pat Clark Motorsports' team after one year to join Michael Jordan Motorsports for the 2011 AMA Pro Road Racing American SuperBike season, the Jordan team announced today.
Bostrom finished the season fifth overall after missing the last three races due to injury. Bostrom suffered broken ribs in a high-side early in Saturday's race at the penultimate round of the championship at New Jersey Motorsports Park. That crash, which came on Labor Day weekend, kept him out of the Barber Motorsports Park season finale three weeks later.
The highlight of the season was his win in the Superbike support race at the Red Bull U.S. Grand Prix at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca. For that race, the team was supplied parts by Yamaha that contributed to the win, and which Yamaha took back at the end of the weekend. The lack of consistent support from Yamaha was part of the reason the Pat Clark Motorsports' team moved to Kawasaki for 2011, according to those familiar with the situation.
The Pat Clark Motorsports' team, which was expected to make an announcement early this week, has been mum on their plans. The riders will likely be Eric Bostrom and Chris Clark and the team will be on the all-new Kawasaki ZX10R. Attack Racing, which ran Eric Bostrom's Cycle World Attack Racing Yoshimura Suzuki race program this year, is expected to provide the technical support. Sho-Air, the air freight and logistics company which came late, but generously, to Bostrom's 2010 campaign, is expected to be a sponsor. The pieces are likely in place and the delay is likely due to the lack of signed agreements.
A Jordan team press release didn't say who Bostrom would team with, which team he'd race for, or the length of the contract. The team will continue their National Guard title sponsorship, though it's likely Bostrom will ride the Jordan Motorsports' Suzuki GSX-R1000 that Aaron Yates began the season on before suffering grievous leg injuries at Auto Club Speedway. He was replaced by Canadian teen-ager Brett McCormick, who crashed at almost every race, including in Saturday's race at Barber Motorsports Park. That crash took out Eric Bostrom, who suffered such a serious laceration to his left thigh that it was life-threatening. Jake Zemke rode the National Guard Suzuki this season with mixed results. Zemke started very strongly with wins in both races at Daytona International Speedway, but the second half of the season was a constant struggle.