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PARTS UNLIMITED DUCATI'S HODGSON BATTLES AT INFINEON RACEWAY Sonoma (California) 21 May 2006: Parts Unlimited Ducati's Neil Hodgson improved to fourth place in Sunday's AMA Superbike race at Infineon Raceway, applying pressure on third place in...

PARTS UNLIMITED DUCATI'S HODGSON BATTLES AT INFINEON RACEWAY

Sonoma (California) 21 May 2006: Parts Unlimited Ducati's Neil Hodgson improved to fourth place in Sunday's AMA Superbike race at Infineon Raceway, applying pressure on third place in the final laps in the second contest of the weekend. Teammate Ben Bostrom finished seventh on his Ducati 999 Superbike in a race meeting with limited track time due to weather issues.

Hodgson was 9.137 seconds behind the winner at the flag, less than half of Saturday's gap. In the race, Neil made a pass of Tommy Hayden on lap 22 to take fourth place. "It was good to see the leaders," said Hodgson, who qualified on the front row on Saturday. "We were much more competitive today. I had a good battle with Tommy Hayden and Aaron Yates out there. Tommy was braking very late into the corners and I managed to squeeze underneath him for the pass and went off to chase Miguel Duhamel. The bike felt good on the light fuel load at the end of the race. We were able to close some on Miguel but ran out of laps."

Hodgson maintains fourth place in AMA Superbike points after extending his perfect finishing record for 2006. "We have a test scheduled for this week in Utah, so it will be good to go into it having made some improvements," said Hodgson.

Bostrom was seventh on the day. "In some ways, this race was a test for us," said Bostrom. "We have struggled some this season and needed track time. At the end of today's race, we were able to do low 1:37s after we improved the bike from what we learned on Saturday. We were about a second a lap quicker today, though, which is promising."

-ducati

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Series AMA
Drivers Miguel Duhamel , Tommy Hayden , Aaron Yates , Neil Hodgson , Ben Bostrom