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Mid-Ohio: Series Supersport race notes

Bostrom claims sixth win of '08 Graves Motorsports Yamaha's Ben Bostrom continued his run of Pro Honda Oils Supersport domination, claiming his sixth win in only eight attempts this season today at Mid-Ohio. While Bostrom eventually turned the...

Bostrom claims sixth win of '08

Graves Motorsports Yamaha's Ben Bostrom continued his run of Pro Honda Oils Supersport domination, claiming his sixth win in only eight attempts this season today at Mid-Ohio.

While Bostrom eventually turned the race into a one-sided affair late, the opening several laps witnessed a classic Supersport pack war, with Team M4 EMGO Suzuki teammates Martin Cardenas and Blake Young shooting up from the second row to take over first and second by lap two, with a deep field of contenders lining up behind them.

Bostrom slowly picked his way up from fourth, working past holeshot winner Josh Hayes on lap 2, Young on lap 4, and finally diving up the inside of Cardenas on lap 6.

While the Colombian put in a determined pursuit from second, the title leader eventually worked the gap up to just over a second. Cardenas managed to claw back to just within that gap on lap 12, but he soon found himself under attack from the resurgent Hayes on the Erion Honda.

While they scrapped over the runner-up spot, Bostrom escaped for just the second Mid-Ohio victory of his career (with the first coming back in '96 in the Harley Davidson Supertwins class).

Hayes took over second on lap 14 only to see Cardenas dive back into the spot in Turn 6. Hayes counterattacked in 7, but the former World 250GP pilot held his line and quickly regained the spot, which he held to the checkered flag.

Young finished a solid fourth with Bostrom's primary title rival, Jake Zemke, rounding out the top five.

Attack Kawasaki's Steve Rapp picked up sixth, while Cory West gave Team M4 EMGO Suzuki three riders in the top ten with his seventh-place result.

Safety First Suzuki's Bobby Fong, Rapp's teammate, Chaz Davies, and Graves-backed Tommy Aquino rounded out the top ten.

Bostrom now heads Zemke in the championship race 267-243 with three races remaining on the schedule.

-credit: ama

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Drivers Steve Rapp , Chaz Davies , Blake Young , Cory West , Bobby Fong , Martin Cardenas , Tommy Aquino , Ben Bostrom , Josh Hayes