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Birmingham: Austin Ducati preview

Bostrom Prepares For Barber Debut Birmingham (Alabama) - May 11, 2004: Round 4 of the AMA Superbike Championship will see both Eric Bostrom and the Ducati 999 make their race debuts at Barber Motorsports Park this weekend, the ...

Bostrom Prepares For Barber Debut

Birmingham (Alabama) - May 11, 2004: Round 4 of the AMA Superbike Championship will see both Eric Bostrom and the Ducati 999 make their race debuts at Barber Motorsports Park this weekend, the 27-year-old having missed last year's race at the newly added Southern venue due to injury.

Bostrom will be looking to recover points lost at Infineon Raceway two weeks ago and, with the championship points remaining close for 4th, 5th and 6th positions, has an opportunity to capitalize on the two races at Barber to move back up the series standings.

A mid-March test at Barber gave Bostrom much-needed exposure to a track with blind drop-away turns, where judging the correct corner entry speed is critical. The Parts Unlimited Ducati Austin team is not a complete stranger to the track, as they scored a second place finish in last year's season finale with Italian rider Giovanni Bussei aboard a 998RS.

"We're coming off a low from Infineon where we suffered from a lack of pre-season testing there," commented Eric. "There were some things that we just couldn't get sorted out, which was frustrating because the Ducati was so good on the throttle. We still have to work on a few issues, and it's going to be difficult going for us until then. But I know that I, my crew, Ducati, and Michelin are all working very hard and we're anxious to sort out the set-up so we can give the fans some good battles and put the Ducati on top where it belongs."

"After Infineon we had a chance to do some testing at Pikes Peak," said Racing Manager Tom Bodenbach. "We focused on the front end and we also tried some tires we haven't run before. We've got specific ideas on what we need to do at Barber so we can get Eric and the Ducati on the podium. The races were exciting at Barber last year - we want to be a part of the action again this weekend."

The Circuit

The newest venue added to the AMA schedule, Barber Motorsports Park opened in spring of 2003 and hosted its first major spectator event in September with last year's season finale of the AMA Superbike Championship. The track measures 2.3 miles (3.70km) with 16 turns, and has 80 feet of elevation change. Built to FIA and FIM standards, the track is 45 feet wide, offering passing opportunities throughout much of the flowing circuit.

Originally planned as a small test track to showcase the 750 motorcycles and 45 cars housed in the Barber Museum, the project grew into a state-of-the-art racing facility on 700 acres. With spectator seating landscaped into the hillsides - there are no grandstands - the track has been positively received by fans for its overall track visibility from most locations.

-www.ducatiaustin.com

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Series AMA
Drivers Eric Bostrom , Giovanni Bussei