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Bostrom Scores A Solid 4th Place Finish Birmingham (Alabama) - May 15, 2004: Eric Bostrom finished just off the podium with a solid fourth place in today's race, an event which saw the determined Parts Unlimited Ducati Austin rider briefly ...

Bostrom Scores A Solid 4th Place Finish

Birmingham (Alabama) - May 15, 2004: Eric Bostrom finished just off the podium with a solid fourth place in today's race, an event which saw the determined Parts Unlimited Ducati Austin rider briefly leading the AMA Superbike event. The 27-year-old turned his best lap times late in the 28-lap, 100 kilometer race made even more physically challenging by the hot and humid conditions.

Bostrom and the Michelin-shod Ducati 999 looked to make their mark on the race by getting a good start. "I really wanted to stay with the pack and I got a great jump," said the Californian. Although Eric dropped back into the pack by the middle stages, he then changed his tactics and started to lap quicker towards the final part of the race.

"In the previous race I had been pushing harder and harder and, by my philosophy, that should have rewarded me," Eric explained. "I'd been giving it all I had and taking chances, but in today's race, I decided to slow down a little going into the turns and then get on the throttle sooner - and the bike responded incredibly!"

Bostrom rose from fifth place to fourth and was even closing the gap to third when the race ended. "I continued to pick up the pace during the race and the Michelins we chose were holding up great so I was feeling totally confident."

The Barber circuit is probably harder on front tires than any other in the U.S.; with no real straightaways and numerous sustained curves, the front tire is constantly being pushed.

"Eric really improved throughout the race. I think he really showed a lot by digging deep and working hard to go faster," said Racing Manager Tom Bodenbach. "It was a long, hot race but the important thing is that we've learned a few things that will help us for tomorrow. It was good to see Eric persevere and make up ground on the riders in front of him."

Race 2 of the fourth round of the AMA Superbike series is scheduled for tomorrow afternoon.

RACE 1: 1. Mladin (Suzuki); 2. Zemke (Honda); 3. Duhamel (Honda); 4. E. Bostrom (Ducati); 5. Hayes (Kawasaki); 6. Haner (Suzuki); etc.

-www.ducatiaustin.com

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