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Mid-Ohio: Ducati Austin Sunday race report

BOSTROM AND DUCATI WIN AGAIN AT MID-OHIO Lexington, Ohio (July 24): Parts Unlimited Ducati Austin's Eric Bostrom won his third victory of the season at Mid-Ohio on Sunday, leading all 26 laps on his Ducati 999. Neil Hodgson augmented the ...

BOSTROM AND DUCATI WIN AGAIN AT MID-OHIO

Lexington, Ohio (July 24): Parts Unlimited Ducati Austin's Eric Bostrom won his third victory of the season at Mid-Ohio on Sunday, leading all 26 laps on his Ducati 999. Neil Hodgson augmented the team's fourth win of the year with a solid fourth place at the notoriously difficult Mid-Ohio circuit.

Bostrom, after quickly taking the lead from his second row starting position, felt the heat in the first eleven laps as he was under pressure from the factory Suzukis. Bostrom managed to keep the lead despite intense competition for the spot, however. After his two rivals, Mladin and Yates, crashed, Eric managed a sizeable gap through traffic to take the win by three seconds, becoming the first Ducati rider to triumph at the track since Doug Polen won in 1992.

"It's exhilarating," said Bostrom of the win. "What a crazy race! A lot of strange events and that's kind of the way the season has gone. The pace was pretty strong, that's why I was so pumped at the end. They were pushing hard and I gave it everything I had. I wanted to win, but I was just so happy to be doing 1:26 laps. That was almost good enough for me. My goal was to be able to run a competitive pace and we did that. Then to win another race made it even sweeter."

Eric, the winner at Pikes Peak, Laguna Seca, and now Mid-Ohio this season, said that getting off the line at the start was the key. "This is the best-starting bike I've ever ridden," said the 15-time AMA Superbike race winner, considered the "holeshot" artist of the AMA field. "I'd like to give a big thanks to the crew, all my guys for working so hard all year and keeping the faith," added Bostrom after the 26-lap race.

Team Owner, Terry Gregoricka, was pleased to see the Italian 999 cross the line first once again. "It was an awesome race. The team has been doing well lately, winning four of the last six races this year. Eric showed what he could do again today and it really fired up the team, watching him out there winning again. Neil had a tough weekend, but he finished respectably in fourth today despite the fact that he faced a steep learning curve here."

Although Neil Hodgson finished a solid fourth on the day, he wished to contend for the victory and was not satisfied with his result. "I'm disappointed I didn't have a little better pace today," said Hodgson. "We missed a chance at an even better result with the way the race went for some of the others. This track was a difficult one for me and I'm glad to put it behind us. We never really found our form here. As far as the race went, it was pretty lonely for me out there, not many battles for position. We'll go on to Virginia and Atlanta now. We hope to close out the season with some nice results and I feel good about those tracks."

The Parts Unlimited Ducati Austin team will next race on August 26-28 at Virginia International Raceway in Alton, VA.

-www.ducatiaustin.com

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Drivers Eric Bostrom , Neil Hodgson