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Fontana: Ducati Austin race one report

Bostrom Takes His First Ducati 999 Podium Fontana (California) - April 3, 2004: Eric Bostrom shook off the disappointment of Daytona by convincingly clinching second place and his first podium aboard his Ducati 999 at California Speedway in a...

Bostrom Takes His First Ducati 999 Podium

Fontana (California) - April 3, 2004: Eric Bostrom shook off the disappointment of Daytona by convincingly clinching second place and his first podium aboard his Ducati 999 at California Speedway in a race which saw the checkered flag come out just as a steady rain began to fall.

Starting from the second row of the grid, the Parts Unlimited Ducati Austin rider charged hard from the start, sliding in behind series leader Mat Mladin (Suzuki) and maintaining second position throughout the race, ultimately finishing almost 25 seconds ahead of Miguel Duhamel (Honda) in third.

"The bike's running great and we've got awesome top speed; now I just need to hustle through the turns a little faster," explained Bostrom. "This morning we made some changes to the chassis and it responded really well. I think if we find a gear choice that works well everywhere, it'll be a much closer race tomorrow.

"There were drops of rain early on in the race, but it was near the end when it started coming down. By then I didn't have a chance of catching Mat, but I still wanted to push the bike within reason. I want to thank Michelin - we picked the right tire and it totally held to the end. And I also want to give a huge thanks to all the fans for sticking through the bad weather! I know the riders really appreciate the support."

"It was a good race, especially considering how far we've come from practice when we had a few set-up problems," said Ducati Corse's Paolo Ciabatti. "Second place after the disappointment from Daytona is a good way to move ahead in the season. Tomorrow we'll try to do a little more to get the bike in front."

Team owner Terry Gregoricka commented, "I'm happy, particularly since the team has struggled all weekend. The guys found a suspension package that worked and Eric turned it up in the race and we were rewarded with our first podium together as a team. There's no reason why we can't come back tomorrow as strong or stronger."

Race 2 of the second round of the AMA Superbike series at the Southern California venue takes place tomorrow afternoon.

-www.ducatiaustin.com

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Drivers Miguel Duhamel , Eric Bostrom