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Road Atlanta: Ducati Austin race one report

HODGSON AND BOSTROM EARN TOP FIVE FINISHES IN ATLANTA Braselton, GA (September 3) - Parts Unlimited Ducati Austin's Neil Hodgson and Eric Bostrom both finished in the top five in the Saturday race at Road Atlanta. Neil brought his Ducati...

HODGSON AND BOSTROM EARN TOP FIVE FINISHES IN ATLANTA

Braselton, GA (September 3) - Parts Unlimited Ducati Austin's Neil Hodgson and Eric Bostrom both finished in the top five in the Saturday race at Road Atlanta. Neil brought his Ducati 999 Superbike home in fourth position in the red-flagged race and Eric Bostrom followed him to the line.

Neil moved up to fourth after dropping down to seventh on the first lap. "The result was about as good as we could get today. We were on the limit and I was riding hard," said Neil of his first race at Road Atlanta. "We're going to change a couple of things tomorrow and see what we can get on Sunday." The Englishman is hopeful he can end the 2005 season on a high note.

Eric Bostrom regrouped after the race was stopped with eight laps to go and his team took advantage of the opportunity to adjust the suspension on his Ducati 999. "We made some nice changes to the bike at the red flag. I gained second per lap out of the deal," said Eric, winner of three races in 2005. "The bike really came in even though the changes weren't really major ones, but they made a big difference. Things are looking up at the moment. The bike's getting better for tomorrow." Bostrom remained in third place in Superbike points and gained an additional advantage on the fourth place rider in Saturday's race.

"Obviously, we're never satisfied if we aren't on the podium," team manager Tom Bodenbach commented afterward, "but Neil did quite a few 1:23 laps in the race and got a solid finish. Eric's been a little ill all weekend. After the red flag, things were promising after some changes to his bike. It helped his confidence for tomorrow and we're going to giving it our best shot in the last race of the season."

The final race of the 2005 season will be held Sunday at 3:00 PM local time.

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