Eric Bostrom has once again been drafted into the Kawasaki Racing Team, this time for round nine of the World Superbike Championship at Laguna Seca Raceway, USA. The 26-year-old Californian will substitute for the still injured Hitoyasu Izutsu aboard the factory Kawasaki ZX-7RR.

Laguna Seca marks Bostrom's third outing on the factory Kawasaki and, after scoring two impressive fifth place finishes in this event last year, the reigning AMA Supersport 600 Champion is sure to be on the pace and mixing it with the WSB regulars again this weekend.

Visiting Laguna Seca for the first time, regular Fuchs Kawasaki rider, Chris Walker, wasted no time in familiarising himself with the Californian circuit. Within ten minutes of arriving in the paddock, the 30-year-old British rider had changed into running kit and set off for a couple of laps of the track. He returned to the paddock impressed with what he'd seen.

'This circuit looks awesome, especially the infamous corkscrew' said Walker. 'The camber changes from corner to corner and, during the first free practice session at least, I expect it will be the guys with the best circuit knowledge - who know how to use the changes in camber to best effect - that will put in the fastest laps.'

'Having Eric back in the team for this weekend is sure to be a big help; he certainly knows his way around the Laguna circuit, as he proved with two good results at this round last year,' added Walker.