Brainerd (Minnesota) - June 27, 2004: Eric Bostrom finished a strong fourth in today's Trofeo Ducati U.S. Superbike AMA Championship race at Brainerd, an event which saw a strange ending as rain began falling on the closing lap. Starting from ...
Brainerd (Minnesota) - June 27, 2004: Eric Bostrom finished a strong fourth in today's Trofeo Ducati U.S. Superbike AMA Championship race at Brainerd, an event which saw a strange ending as rain began falling on the closing lap.
Starting from sixth position on the grid, Bostrom immediately put his Ducati 999R into the third spot as the field headed into turn one. The 27-year-old continued to race in the main pack, in which the lead group was separated by less than a second for much of the race. The Parts Unlimited Ducati Austin rider was in contention for a podium spot until lapped traffic in the closing stages put him just out of touch. Rain on the final lap brought out the red flag, but not until race winner Jake Zemke (Honda) had already cross the line and received the checkered flag.
"Things went well in the fact that we stayed with the lead group throughout the race," said Eric. "I found that in the last turn, turn ten, I was losing quite a bit of time to the other guys but I was making it back up in the other sections. We never quite got turn ten figured out this weekend, which is too bad because if we had, I think we could've put the Ducati on the podium today. We were that close with our set-up."
"Eric would drop back for a few sections of the track and then he'd catch up," commented Racing Manager Tom Bodenbach. "We're happy that we were closer and improved this weekend, even though we all really wanted a podium finish. Eric was in the fight and rode hard. The lapped traffic seemed like it was a little worse for us today. We'll go to Mid-Ohio to test this week, and also prepare for Laguna Seca in a couple of weeks."
The next AMA Superbike round will be held in conjunction with the World Superbike Championship event at Laguna Seca in Monterey, California on July 9-11.
RACE: 1. Zemke (Honda); 2. Duhamel (Honda); 3. Mladin (Suzuki); 4. E Bostrom (Ducati); 5. B Bostrom (Honda); 6. Hayes (Kawasaki); etc.
POINTS: 1. Mladin 358; 2. Duhamel 352; 3. Zemke 348; 4. E Bostrom 262; 5. May 241; 6. B Bostrom 210; etc.