Former World Superbike star Ben Bostrom has stated that his decision to return to the AMA Superbike championship instead of staying on the world scene was the right choice - and declared that only Grand Prix racing can offer the same level of factory support, thrilling racing and rider talent.

"Overall, I'm feeling good about my decision to come home," said Ben, a regular race winner in WSBK with Ducati, before his 2002 win drought forced him out of a factory ride and back to the US with Honda.

"The two best series in the world right now are AMA Superbike and MotoGP," explained BB. "All the factories are putting all their support into these two. They both have the majority of the best riders and bikes. It all leads to the best racing.

"You're always going to have more than several guys up front, going really fast," added the #155. "So I'm really excited and happy with my choice. My bikes are fantastic, and I find myself on another good team."

Bostrom came within 0.069secs of winning the season opening Daytona 200 on his return to the AMA series, only losing out to team-mate Miguel DuHamel on the final 185mph drag race to the line.

"Since Daytona, I have been replaying that last lap in my head about a hundred times," admitted Bostrom. "I wish I had had eyes in the back of my head, because I would have done the [final] chicane a lot differently. Miguel wouldn't have gotten by me. It's a bummer."

BB has always maintained that his world championship days aren't over yet, and his latest comments suggest that he may be looking to step up to MotoGP in the near future, rather than attempting a WSBK comeback.

Indeed, Nicky Hayden - the man Bostrom's replacing in the American Honda team - was given a full factory RCV ride with Repsol Honda after taking the 2002 AMA SBK title.

Ben's younger brother Eric, one of his main rivals for the 2003 AMA crown, will make his MotoGP debut this season as a wild card on a Kawasaki ZX-RR.


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