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Brainerd: Ducati Austin preview

Brainerd (Minnesota) - June 23, 2004: Eric Bostrom heads to Brainerd International Raceway for the Trofeo Ducati U.S. Superbike AMA Championship, round 7 of the national series to be sponsored by Ducati and Michelin. Fourth overall in the points...

Brainerd (Minnesota) - June 23, 2004: Eric Bostrom heads to Brainerd International Raceway for the Trofeo Ducati U.S. Superbike AMA Championship, round 7 of the national series to be sponsored by Ducati and Michelin. Fourth overall in the points standings, Eric is hoping to do for Ducati what his brother Ben did in 1999 when the elder Bostrom took his Ducati to the top step of the podium.

The Parts Unlimited Ducati Austin team tested June 8th and 9th at the 3.1-mile (4.58 km) highspeed track and gathered crucial data for the upcoming race.

"I think that it should go good for us. We just recently tested there, so that's a big ace up our sleeve as far as figuring out tires for the race," said the 27-year-old from Las Vegas, Nevada. "Also, it's not a doubleheader weekend so we'll go into the race with a couple of days of practice. I think it'll be a good race pace for that reason, since everybody should have adequate time to set up their bikes."

Eric is aiming to notch his thirteenth career AMA Superbike win at this special event. "I'd like more than anything to win there, especially since it's a Ducati and Michelin sponsored event. I think we stand a good chance. It should be an exciting race with the long straightaway and with the drafting equaling everything out - it usually makes for a tight race. At the test, my Michelin tires were really strong and I know that for the race we're going to be able to finish at the same pace that we start with, which should be good for us."

Ducati plans to make the BIR event a special destination for Ducati dealers, owners and race fans in general. Ducati owners from throughout the country will be invited to the event and will have special viewing and parking areas. The Ducati Experience will feature live music, bike show, fireworks, bike tours, hospitality, and gear check.

The Circuit Originally called Donnybrooke Speedway when it opened in 1963, the name was changed to Brainerd International Raceway in 1973. The circuit sits on a 400-acre site in central Minnesota. The flat road course measures 3.1 miles (4.58 km) in length and has ten turns. The highspeed track features one of the fastest right-hand turns on a U.S. road course: the 60-degree turn 1, taken at full-throttle, is extremely hard on tires.

From 1989 to 1991, Brainerd International Raceway hosted the U.S. round of the World Superbike Championship. In 1991, Doug Polen rode a Ferracci Ducati to a double-victory at Brainerd en route to winning the World Superbike Championship title that same year.

POINTS: 1. Mladin 329; 2. Duhamel 319; 3. Zemke 311; 4. E Bostrom 235; 5. May 220; 6. B Bostrom 184; etc.

-www.ducatiaustin.com

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