HODGSON ON THE PODIUM IN AMA SEASON FINALE, BOSTROM THIRD IN POINTS Braselton, GA (September 4) - Parts Unlimited Ducati Austin's Neil Hodgson finished third in Sunday's AMA Superbike season finale at Road Atlanta and Eric Bostrom clinched ...
HODGSON ON THE PODIUM IN AMA SEASON FINALE, BOSTROM THIRD IN POINTS
Braselton, GA (September 4) - Parts Unlimited Ducati Austin's Neil Hodgson finished third in Sunday's AMA Superbike season finale at Road Atlanta and Eric Bostrom clinched third overall in the series with an eighth place finish.
Hodgson's late-race run saw him climb onto the podium after passing Jake Zemke for third place. Hodgson was able to make the pass for third with the help of some Ducati 999 horsepower and celebrated the end of the season with another podium finish. "I had a top speed advantage, which was quite nice," he said after the 25-lap contest held in hot weather.
Neil finished his first season in America with one win and seven podium finishes. "It's been an interesting year for me. It turned frustrating the last three rounds, but we came here to this circuit and it's been one of the best all year for me," said Hodgson. "We'd lost some of our baseline in recent races, but the crew worked hard and things were better this time out."
Eric Bostrom was eighth in the red-flagged race, but his finish earned him third place in the season points. "Things felt a lot better for me today, health-wise. In the first part of the race, we were going fair and the lap times were an improvement from yesterday," said the Californian. "We switched tires on the second start and the second part of the race was much worse for us. It was hard to go forward, but we were able to finish and get third in the season's points."
"Being on the podium was a good way to finish up the year," said team manager Tom Bodenbach. "We were third place in the final points with Eric and had the three race wins. Neil had a very solid learning season. When he came here at the beginning of the season, he had no idea about the tracks and he tried hard and impressed the team. Things are looking up for next year and we're excited about the off-season program."