Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Bostrom to ride Elias' Honda at Laguna

Ben Bostrom

In a bid to reassure sponsors LCR are drafting Ben Bostrom to ride the second Honda RC212V of Toni Elias at Laguna Seca.

The deal comes on the back of Rizoma launching a shop in Beverly Hills and the Italian bolt-on company are keen with decision to run Bostrom at Laguna Seca.

Bostrom currently rides for the Michael Jordan Suzuki squad in the AMA series, and it is not known whether the Californian will ride double duty with his AMA SBK commitments on the Jordan GSX-R1000 and riding the LCR Honda RC212V. (Hopefully the basketball legend will hang around and consider his own MotoGP team, the Air Jordan logo would be a welcome sight on the bodywork of a prototype machine.)

Being given an ultimatum to turn around his results Tiger Toni unfortunately maintained his form at Sachsenring, and with two falls in the free practice sessions on Friday the team found themselves €100,000 lighter to repair the damages.

The performance of Elias has caused untold problems for Lucio Cecchinello, with neither of the pair happy with the situation. Cecchincello was eager to loan the second bike as numerous candidates were considered for Laguna Seca including: John Hopkins, Sylvain Guintoli, Roger Lee Hayden and Andrea Iannone, after the Moto2 rirder had a positive run aboard the Pramac Ducati in the private test at Mugello.

Apparently Bostrom is being lined-up to continue with LCR Honda for Laguna Seca onwards, major factors that may hinder this appointment is gaining the approval from Suzuki to undertake the signing of the Californian and should it rain during the race, the team and riders will be left stranded without any bikes to swap to.

source: visordown

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