Shoei’s Ben Bostrom took the win in the very first night running of the Daytona 200, the most famous event on the AMA Road Racing calendar. The new rules laid down by the DMG have taken away several of the advantages that the factory supported teams have relied on to consistently win race after race, but that didn’t stop Factory Yamaha’s Ben Bostrom. After taking the Rolex for winning the Super Pole, Ben was rewarded by starting the race from the pole position. In a race that saw several different leaders and some very confusing officiating, Bostrom rode a conservative race and kept the pressure on his teammate Josh Hayes, eventually forcing Hayes to make a mistake. With Hayes out of the race, Bostrom put his head down opened a several second lead before cruising accross the finish line with the victory in hand.
“I was just so confident going into the race. I knew one of the Yamahas was going to win, all I had to do was to make sure it was me. I just love my little bike,” said Bostrom after the race. Ben debutted a new paint job on his X-Eleven at Daytona. Across the back of Ben’s helmet was the Steve McQueen quote, “I’d rather wake up in the middle of nowhere than in any city on earth.”
When asked why this statement appeared on his new helmet, Ben simply stated, “Because that’s how I feel.”
Shoei Safety Helmet Corporation is excited to announce the signing of a multi-year contract with 2008 AMA Road Race Rookie of the Year Tommy Aquino. Tommy will compete in the 2009 AMA Daytona Sportbike Championship aboard a Graves Motorsports Yamaha YZF-R6. Shoei has been protecting Tommy since his days in the amateur ranks. After turning 16 and earning his AMA Pro license in May, Tommy began turning heads with very solid rides that indicate that Tommy will be a front runner in 2009. Tommy hopes to join 2008 Shoei champions Ben Bostrom and Jake Zemke as the next Shoei racer to earn an AMA number one plate.
According to Tommy, “I am very happy to be a part of the Shoei team. I appreciate the top quality helmets and race support that Shoei offers, and all I can say is that I am very lucky to be a part of their program. I am looking forward to continuing my association with such a well respected company, and having a safe and awesome looking helmet at my side on the podium in 2009!”
“Watching Tommy progress from the amateur to pro ranks has been a real treat for us. Tommy is a spectacular young man, both on and off the track, and we look forward to supporting him throughout his racing career. We are confident that as Tommy progresses, he will become an increasingly more important part of Shoei’s marketing program.”, said Shoei’s Marketing Manager, Bret Milan.
Tommy will be protected by Shoei’s X-Eleven road race helmet in his quest to become the AMA Daytona Sportbike champion in 2009.