Introducing Eric Bostrom
1st August 2012
TTXGP Press Office
Brammo have landed themselves an impressive pedigree with their second rider confirmed last weekend at Laguna Seca... we take a look at Eric's Journey to eRacing...
Eric Bostrom (aka E-Boz) has become one of the most popular riders in American roadracing with his charismatic approach to fans and in-your-face riding style. He grew up racing dirt track along with his older brother, Ben Bostrom, and continues to have a great rivalry/relationship with his older sibling. In 1998 Bostrom got a big break to race a RC45 for Honda. He won his second and third ever Superbike races, letting everyone know he was a legit threat.
Bostrom joins Team Icon Brammo with over two decades of experience riding for companies such as Ducati, Harley Davidson Honda, Kawasaki and Suzuki. As Brammo racers, Atlas and Bostrom will provide instrumental feedback on Brammo’s racing bike, the Brammo Empulse RR, while promoting Brammo as the leading electric two-wheel vehicle brand.
“Team Icon Brammo is excited to add a rider of Eric’s calibre to our team headed into the most important race weekend of the season, the TTXGP North America Championship 2012 at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca,” said Brian Wismann, Director of Product Development for Brammo and Manager of Team Icon Brammo. “Eric’s insight and experience will be an instrumental resource in continuing to develop the promising potential of electric motorcycle technology.”
Brammo is leading in the development and production of electric motorcycles, largely thanks to insights weaned from Team Icon Brammo. In 2009, Brammo competed in the first ever TTXGP race and finished as the top American team. Since then, racing has been core to the development of Brammo’s consumer and racing motorcycles, including the Empulse R, which is the world’s fastest production electric motorcycle for consumers. Further elevating their rich racing history, Brammo won the 2011 TTXGP North American Championship, with the Empulse RR and rider Steve Atlas.
“As I’ve always said, I have a love for all things on two wheels. Since my departure from Superbike competition, I’ve been competing in bicycle racing which has sparked my growing compassion for green power,” said Bostrom. “Having ridden both Brammo’s street and race models, the progress electric bikes have made in their short existence is nothing short of phenomenal. Our quest to develop the best bikes of tomorrow is off and to the races, and leaving a smaller footprint along the way.”
ERIC BOSTROM: FACT FILE
| Rider: Eric Bostrom |
Team: ICON BRAMMO
Machine: BRAMMO EMPULSE RR
Born: November 19, 1976
in San Francisco, California
2010 - 19th AMA Superbike - Suzuki
2008 - 4th AMA Superbike - Yamaha
2007 - 7th AMA Superbike - Yamaha
2006 - 2nd AMA Formula Xtreme - Yamaha
2006 - 6th AMA Superstock - Yamaha
2005 - 3rd AMA Superbike - Ducati
2004 - 7th AMA Superbike - Ducati
2003 - 7th AMA Superbike - Kawasaki
2002 - 98th AMA Supersport - Kawasaki
2002 - 2nd AMA Superbike - Kawasaki
2002 - 17th World Superbike - Kawasaki
2001 - 1st AMA 600 Supersport - Kawasaki
2001 - 2nd AMA Superbike - Kawasaki
2001 - 21st World Superbike - Kawasaki
2000 - 2nd AMA 600 Supersport - Kawasaki
2000 - 4th AMA Superbike - Kawasaki
1999 - 32nd World Superbike - Kawasaki
1999 - 7th AMA Superbike - Honda
1999 - 9th AMA 600 Supersport - Honda
1998 - 18th AMA Superbike - Honda
1998 - 1st AMA Formula Xtreme - Honda
1998 - 3rd AMA 600 Supersport - Honda
1997 - 19th AMA 750 Supersport - Honda
1997 - 11th AMA 600 Supersport - Honda
1997 - 1st AMA Super Twins - Harley-Davidson
1996 - 1st AMA Harley Davidson 883 Dirt Track
From the Press Conference:
You’ve ridden many bikes, in many different classes, and here you are in an epower race. It's an interesting concept. What do you have to say about it?
“I only rode the bike a week ago and I said to the team if I don't like it I am out. But just pulling out of the pits and coming out of the race track, it put a big smile on my face and surpassed all my expectations; I am still coming up to speed on how to ride the bike and it may have caught me out a little bit. With Barney setting a blistering pace it was cool to see the other Brammo up there and my team mate Steve pushing me to go faster. The biggest disappointment for me was not being able to keep Barney honest and push him to the end."
"The feel is the similar to a normal motorcycle. We have teething problems with a new motorcycle that’s all it is. I am sure if asked somebody like Kenny Roberts then he would say the same thing about a gas bike that is at this stage of development."
Do you miss the noise? It must be very strange for you to ride without the noise?
It is strange, but you feel like more than ever that you are in your own little world, the sensation of not having engine rpm to gage what you should be doing so there is a feeling of 'oh man they have taken away some of sensations' but on the flip slide you have more sensation and more feedback from the asphalt so you are getting better feedback to i can actually hear and feel the rotors on the bike.
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