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BOSTROM NEEDS A LITTLE HELP FROM HIS FRIENDS TO CATCH MLADIN PICKERINGTON, Ohio -- Eric Bostrom returns to Pikes Peak International Raceway on Aug. 24-26 to compete in round 12 of the 14-race AMA Chevy Trucks U.S. Superbike Championships....

BOSTROM NEEDS A LITTLE HELP FROM HIS FRIENDS TO CATCH MLADIN

PICKERINGTON, Ohio -- Eric Bostrom returns to Pikes Peak International Raceway on Aug. 24-26 to compete in round 12 of the 14-race AMA Chevy Trucks U.S. Superbike Championships. Bostrom, 24, of Temecula, Calif., is the defending winner of the AMA Superbike race on the tight and twisty 1.34-mile PPIR infield road course– the shortest in the series. He is hoping to close ground on Suzuki ace Mat Mladin who holds a 20-point lead in the Chevy Trucks Superbike standings over Bostrom.

While Bostrom has a great history at Pikes Peak, he'll still need some help from Kawasaki teammate Doug Chandler (another former Pikes Peak winner) and perhaps some others if he is to have a real shot of catching the super-consistent Mladin.

The fact that Bostrom has renewed hope of winning this year's AMA Chevy Trucks U.S. Superbike Championship is something that looked highly unlikely before the last race in Brainerd, Minn. That is where Mladin crashed out of the race and lost a major chunk of his huge 45-point series lead.

If Bostrom fans are hoping that lightening might strike Mladin twice, they should consider that his Brainerd crash marked only the second time in five years of racing that the two-time AMA Superbike champ had crashed out of a race.

In theory, even if Bostrom won the final three Superbike races, Mladin could still earn his third-straight championship by finishing runner-up. Bostrom not only needs to win races, but he needs other riders to finish between himself and Mladin.

Of course Mladin has teammates also -- Jamie Hacking and Aaron Yates to be specific. Hacking is a proven winner at PPIR, having taken the Pro Honda Oils 600 SuperSport race there last year. And Yates, returning from a broken arm suffered at Laguna Seca, helped Mladin last year by letting his teammate past on the last lap so he could take second. Undoubtedly Hacking and Yates could be a big asset for Mladin in his quest for title number three.

Pikes Peak International Raceway's small infield road-racing course is unique and gives fans a great chance to see riders over the entire 10-turn circuit. PPIR has produced some of the closest and most exciting Superbike races since the series first came to the Fountain, Colo., in 1997.

Bostrom has won two of the previous four AMA Superbike races at Pikes Peak - 1998 and 2000. His teammate Chandler won 1999. Honda's Miguel Duhamel is the other former winner at the track, having won the first race there in 1997.

This is also the track where Harley-Davidson's Pascal Picotte nearly shocked the racing world two years ago by leading on the factory Harley VR1000 with a lap to go before being passed by Chandler on the final lap. Picotte finished second; the closest Harley-Davidson has ever come to winning an AMA Superbike race.

Eric Bostrom lost the Pro Honda Oils 600 SuperSport title on the last lap of the last race last year. Bostrom has carried that painful memory with him all season and has ridden his Kawasaki ZX6R like a man on a mission in the series this year. Bostrom built a solid lead mid-season, but will now have to hold off a resurgent Miguel Duhamel and the always dangerous Anthony Gobert to win his first 600 SuperSport No. 1 plate. Duhamel has won the last two rounds and has closed to within 19 points of Bostrom.

The Montreal native is the all-time winningest rider in AMA 600 SuperSport history and would love to chase down Bostrom and win his sixth series title and his first since 1997. Aussie Gobert has fought off injury and still managed to stay in the hunt. Look for a healthy Gobert to finish the season strong.

Rich Oliver, a two-time MBNA 250 Grand Prix winner at Pikes Peak, is trying to chase down long-time rival Jimmy Filice in an attempt to win his fifth MBNA 250 GP title. Oliver has won five of eight races, but had bad luck at a few rounds, while Filice has finished off the podium only once this year with a fifth at Daytona. Like Bostrom, Oliver needs to win and have some other riders finish between him and Filice to have a chance to win the championship. If Filice could hold on, it would mark his third 250 Grand Prix title. Filice, at 38, came out of semi-retirement this year to chase the championship.

Another Australian, Damon Buckmaster, has made a strong impact in his first year in Lockhart Phillips USA Formula Xtreme. "Bucky", riding a Gravesport Yamaha R1, leads Valvoline Suzuki youngster John Hopkins by 13 points coming into Pikes Peak, but it's been Hopkins finishing ahead of Buckmaster in the last two rounds. Buckmaster, a former 750 SuperSport winner at Pikes, will try to regain the momentum this weekend. Jimmy Moore, of Eugene, Ore., is firmly in control of the Genuine Suzuki Accessories 750 SuperSport Championship with a 49-point lead over Rich Alexander. Moore, who rides for Corona Extra/EBSCO Suzuki, is three races away from winning his first AMA Pro Racing title after five years of trying

Thomas Montano has waited even longer than Moore to win his first title. This year the veteran racer from Berkeley, Calif., leads the Buell Pro Thunder Championships. Montano rides for Munroe Motors Ducati. Ducatis have proven to be an excellent motorcycle in Pro Thunder competition at Pikes Peak with Ducati riders winning two of the three previous races.

Don't forget about the LIVE coverage on Speedvision and Fox sports Net! DATE TIME CLASS NETWORK 8/21 8 p.m. Formula Xtreme Speedvision 8/26 1 p.m. SuperSport Fox Sports Net 8/26 4 p.m. (LIVE) Superbike Speedvision 8/28 8 p.m. 600 SuperSport Speedvision 9/2 3 p.m. Superbike Fox Sports Net

All times Eastern. Check local listings to confirm date and time. As always, this schedule is subject to change.

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AMA Chevy Trucks U.S. Superbike Championship Presented by Parts Unlimited Cruise America AMA Superbikes presented by Suzuki Pikes Peak International Raceway - August 24-26, 2001 DAILY SCHDULE

Thursday, August 23 Registration:Riders, Crew, Sponsors & Guests 3:00 PM - 7:00 PM Tech Inspection: 3:00 PM - 7:00 PM Friday, August 24 Registration: Riders, Crew, Sponsors & Guests 7:30 AM - 4:00 PM Entries close for Formula Xtreme 10:00 AM 1Tech Inspection: 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM Practice (in the following order): 8:30 AM - 11:00 AM 1. Buell Pro Thunder; 2, Pro Honda Oils 600 SuperSport; 3.MBNA 250 Grand Prix; 4. Genuine Suzuki Accessories 750; 5. Lockhart Phillips USA Formula Xtreme Chevy Trucks Superbike Practice 11:10 AM - 12:10 PM Lunch Break 12:10 PM - 1:10 PM Mandatory Rider Briefing for All Classes 12:30 PM Practice (same order as morning session) 1:10 PM - 3:10 PM Chevy Trucks Superbike Qualifying 3:20 PM - 4:20 PM Lockhart Phillips USA Formula Xtreme Qualifying 4:30 PM - 5:10 PM

Saturday, August 25 Registration: Riders, Crew, Sponsors & Guests 8:00 AM - 3:00 PM Entries close for all classes 9:00 AM Tech Inspection: 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM Practice (in the following order): 8:30 AM - 10:00 AM 1. Buell Pro Thunder; 2. Pro Honda Oils 600 SuperSport; 3. MBNA 250 Grand Prix; 4. Genuine Suzuki Accessories 750 SuperSport; 5. Lockhart Phillips USA Formula Xtreme Chevy Trucks Superbike Practice 10:10 AM - 11:00 AM Buell Pro Thunder Heat Race #1 (5 laps) 11:10 AM Buell Pro Thunder Heat Race #2 (5 laps) 11:25 AM Pro Honda Oils 600 SuperSport Qualifying, Odd #s 11:40 AM - 12:00 PM Pro Honda Oils 600 SuperSport Qualifying, Even #s 12:10 PM - 12:30 PM Lunch Break 12:30 PM - 1:30 PM Genuine Suzuki Accessories 750 SuperSport Qualifying, Odd #s 1:30 PM - 1:50 PM Genuine Suzuki Accessories 750 SuperSport Qualifying, Even #s 2:00 PM - 2:20 PM Chevy Trucks Superbike Qualifying 2:30 PM - 3:20 PM FINAL EVENTS & Heat Races (in the following order) 3:30 PM Lockhart Phillips USA Formula Xtreme (60k - 29 laps) MBNA 250 Grand Prix Heat Race #1 (5 laps) MBNA 250 Grand Prix Heat Race #2 (5 laps) Genuine Suzuki Accessories 750 SuperSport (60k - 29 laps) Sunday, August 26 Registration:Crew, Sponsors & Guests 8:30 AM - 12:00 PM Tech Inspection Opens: 9:00 AM Practice (in the following order): 9:00 AM - 10:40 AM 1. Pro Honda Oils 600 SuperSport; 2. MBNA 250 Grand Prix; 3. Chevy Trucks Superbike; 4. Buell Pro Thunder Pro Honda Oils 600 SuperSport Final (60k - 29 laps) 11:00 AM Lunch Break: 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM Nondenominational Chapel Service 12:30 PM FINAL EVENTS (in the following order) 1:00 PM MBNA 250 Grand Prix (60k - 29 laps) Chevy Trucks Superbike (100k - 48 laps) 2:00 PM Buell Pro Thunder (60k - 29 laps)

For immediate post-race results, rider information, AMA Pro Racing notes and news, log on to www.amaproracing.com.

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Drivers Anthony Gobert , Miguel Duhamel , Jamie Hacking , Doug Chandler , John Hopkins , Aaron Yates , Eric Bostrom , Damon Buckmaster , Pascal Picotte , Thomas Montano