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NEIL HODGSON EARNS PODIUM FINISH IN VIRGINIA FOR PARTS UNLIMITED DUCATI Alton (Virginia) 19 Aug 2006: Parts Unlimited Ducati's Neil Hodgson finished third in Saturday's AMA Superbike race at Virginia International Raceway. The Ducati 999 pilot...

NEIL HODGSON EARNS PODIUM FINISH IN VIRGINIA FOR PARTS UNLIMITED DUCATI

Alton (Virginia) 19 Aug 2006: Parts Unlimited Ducati's Neil Hodgson finished third in Saturday's AMA Superbike race at Virginia International Raceway. The Ducati 999 pilot eased a hard-earned gap on his rivals and ran a strong race, finishing on the podium at the tight, technical circuit. After fighting with the group that contested fourth place, Neil's teammate Ben Bostrom finished 11th on the day.

Hodgson got an excellent start off the line and ran as high as second place in the early going. After the leaders sorted themselves out, Neil maintained his position. Hodgson ran a hot pace in third place and increased his gap over fourth throughout the event.

"I feel like from Laguna onward, we've gotten faster. Hopefully, we can battle every weekend from here on out," said Neil. "Today, I got a good start and Mladin came by on the first lap. It gave me a good chance to follow him for a short while. After that, it was a lonely race. After the first lap, I think I had 0.4 on the guy behind me and the lead grew from there, up to about eight seconds."

Hodgson retains his fourth place standing in the season's points, closing slightly on third place. "I want to finish the season as hard as I can," said Neil.

Bostrom became ill in the race, which ruined his charge toward the front. "The bike felt great out there but I got sick during the race," said Bostrom. "I'd go a few laps, and then I'd feel okay again and I'd go well. On the 28th lap, I did a 1:26.4. It's disheartening but there is hope for tomorrow."

The Sunday Superbike race begins at 3:15 PM local time.

-credit: ducati

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Series AMA
Drivers Neil Hodgson , Ben Bostrom