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Fontana: Ducati Austin race two report

Bostrom Makes It A Pair of Podiums On The Ducati 999 at California Speedway Fontana (California) - April 4, 2004: Eric Bostrom clinched another second place finish at California Speedway in just his third race aboard the Parts Unlimited...

Bostrom Makes It A Pair of Podiums On The Ducati 999 at California Speedway

Fontana (California) - April 4, 2004: Eric Bostrom clinched another second place finish at California Speedway in just his third race aboard the Parts Unlimited Ducati Austin 999. The 27-year-old from Las Vegas quickly jumped into third spot from his fifth place starting position, hounding Jake Zemke (Honda) until he could make a decisive outside pass on lap 2 to give chase to Mat Mladin (Suzuki).

In warmer and sunnier conditions than Saturday's race 1, Bostrom maintained a tighter race with Mladin until lap traffic came into play. With tall gearing that favored momentum, Bostrom lost precious seconds and was unable to close the gap on Mladin in the 28 lap, 100 km race.

"I had a pretty good race out there, especially when you consider where we were at on Friday," declared Bostrom. "Our pace was better than yesterday and we had more consistency, which is really encouraging. With every test session and race, we get more and more knowledge. We keep making progress about learning how to set up the bike, and I'm looking forward to what we can do in the next race."

"We were closer today," commented Ducati Corse's Paolo Ciabatti. "Except on the laps where we had troubles with traffic, we were running about the same lap times as the Suzuki and we were in front of the Hondas so we're coming off a very positive weekend."

Team owner Terry Gregoricka was enthusiastic about Bostrom's performance. "Eric did a great job. We're effectively a new team with a new bike and considering how much we've had to learn, I think it's great that we got two podiums this weekend."

Round 3 of the AMA series will be held April 30 to May 2 at Infineon Raceway in Sonoma, California.

-www.ducatiaustin.com

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Series AMA
Drivers Eric Bostrom , Jake Zemke