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Ben Bostrom wins SuperBike race at Luguna Seca

Qualifying could not have gone any better for Ben Bostrom. Not only did he take pole position, he also broke the lap record with an astonishing time of 1:24.906. His nearest rival was three tenths of a second behind, Jake Zemke aboard an Erion...

Qualifying could not have gone any better for Ben Bostrom. Not only did he take pole position, he also broke the lap record with an astonishing time of 1:24.906. His nearest rival was three tenths of a second behind, Jake Zemke aboard an Erion Honda CBR1000RR. Championship leader Mat Mladin sat third on the grid, a tenth behind Zemke, with Bostrom's teammate, Miguel Duhamel rounding up the front row.

Zemke carried the Honda torch, leading Ben Bostrom, Mat Mladin, Eric Bostrom and Miguel Duhamel for the first lap. On lap two, Mladin sky-rocketed himself from third to first, taking advantage of a mistake by Ben Bostrom and Zemke.

Eric Bostrom was the first factory rider to show signs of problems, running off-course on the fifth lap going into turn three.

Zemke went to work on Ben Bostrom, overtaking him into turn 11. Zemke was on the charge, as Mladin's half a second gap quickly became zero. Zemke was out to prove his recent victory was not a fluke, showing his poker hand to Mladin as he accelerated out of turn seven. With the two riders side by side, Zemke had the advantage of having the inside line into the corkscrew. However, on the exit of turn nine Zemke ran wide, opening the door to Mladin to retake the lead. Zemke tried to counterattack, but was forced to re-group himself as Mladin blocked all possibilities for overtaking.

Much like at his Formula Extreme race, Zemke ran into mechanical problems, forcing him to fall back and give second position to Ben Bostrom. Thankfully for Zemke (and maybe not so for Tigert), Jeff Tigert crashed, producing a red-flag and a stop to the race.

With the benefit of being able to make changes to their bikes, Zemke's crew got to the task of figuring out Zemke's woes.

Ben Bostrom got the hole-shot into turn one after the restart. Aaron Yates chased, followed by Miguel Duhamel and Mat Mladin. With only 12 laps to run on the restarted race, the battle for the three podium spots was set between these four riders.

Farther back, Josh Hayes and Eric Bostrom battled for fifth, Zemke falling back from what appeared to be the continuation of his weekend and his mechanical issue. Back up front, Bostrom went to work on opening a gap between himself and Yates. Yates was under pressure from his teammate, Mladin. Yates tried, but was not able to hold Mladin off, as the Australian passed Yates on his way to closing the gap to Bostrom.

With only three laps to go, Mladin had closed up the gap to less than 1.3 seconds to Bostrom. The battle for third was on, as Duhamel and Yates exchanged positions going into turn one, two and three. Duhamel would come away victorious, keeping third from Yates.

The gap of over a second turned into nothing by the start of the last lap. However, Bostrom put it all on the line and won his second ever AMA SuperBike race.

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Drivers Miguel Duhamel , Joshua Hayes , Eric Bostrom , Jake Zemke , Ben Bostrom