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Fontana: Ducati race one report

HODGSON EARNS TOP FIVE FINISH WITH FONTANA CHARGE Fontana (California) 29 April 2006: Parts Unlimited Ducati pilot Neil Hodgson finished fifth in Saturday's AMA Superbike race at California Speedway. Hodgson had difficulties on the start and ...

HODGSON EARNS TOP FIVE FINISH WITH FONTANA CHARGE

Fontana (California) 29 April 2006: Parts Unlimited Ducati pilot Neil Hodgson finished fifth in Saturday's AMA Superbike race at California Speedway. Hodgson had difficulties on the start and dropped back to 12th place, but made a spectacular charge through the field on his Ducati 999, climbing to fifth place and turning some impressive lap times in the process.

Hodgson caught and passed several factory bikes that were locked in a battle for the last spot in the top five for the entire race. "It was quite a good race, really, coming through the field," said Neil. "On the start, everything went wrong for the first three or four corners. I got wide and three or four privateers came past me. When you're well back, you take a deep breath and get some laps in. You put your head down. It was a quick race for me, really."

Hodgson took fifth place and made a bid to get fourth position, closing in before the checkered flag ended the race and his spirited charge. "It was difficult to get past Ben and Miguel Duhamel. They were both riding well and braking very deep in the corners. Late in the race when I was able to get past them was the only time I really had some clear track all day. Tomorrow, we'll fine tune the settings and hope for a better start."

Ben Bostrom finished seventh after running fifth much of the day. Late in the race, he had a grip issue which hindered his result. "The bike is a lot of fun to ride. There aren't many motorcycles you can back into a corner at 180 miles an hour and be really comfortable. This is one of them. The bike's amazing. We just lacked some grip. We've got some changes for tomorrow that should be able to make a difference."

Tomorrow's 28-lap race begins at 3 PM local time.

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Series AMA
Drivers Miguel Duhamel , Ben Bostrom