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Mid-Ohio: Ducati Austin preview

Lexington (Ohio) - July 21, 2004: This weekend's Mid-Ohio race will be followed a by six-week break in the AMA Superbike race schedule, and the Parts Unlimited Ducati Austin team is aiming to enter the hiatus on a positive note. Currently ...

Lexington (Ohio) - July 21, 2004: This weekend's Mid-Ohio race will be followed a by six-week break in the AMA Superbike race schedule, and the Parts Unlimited Ducati Austin team is aiming to enter the hiatus on a positive note.

Currently fourth overall in the points, Eric Bostrom accepts that the search for the ideal set-up on his Michelin-shod Ducati 999R will continue this weekend on a circuit he does not favor, but remains upbeat and motivated to help the team make progress in the series.

"Although I've won at Mid-Ohio before, it's never been a favorite track of mine, but it's a pretty track and it always has a great crowd," said the 27-year-old from Las Vegas, Nevada. "I know it's going to be a lot of hard work to finish where we want to finish this year, but we did test there and we should be closer as a result. I'm just going to go out and put my head down and ride 110%."

Although there are only three double-header rounds remaining in the AMA Superbike schedule, the 27-year-old from Las Vegas, Nevada is committed to staying in top form and to approaching each remaining race with complete focus.

"I've been training hard on the bicycle since Laguna and paying close attention to the Tour de France, which has me motivated and I've been putting in nice endurance runs with Ben. Basically I've been out there on my bike every day since I've been home, and I feel like I'm in the best shape I've been in a long time."

The Circuit

The Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course was founded in 1962 and is located between Columbus and Cleveland in Lexington, Ohio. Set on 330 acres, the 2.4 mile (3.86 km) track is twisty and technical, with elevation changes and difficult off-camber sections. One of the unusual characteristics of the track is the concrete patches. Due to the horsepower of the Indy cars that formerly ran at Mid-Ohio, the asphalt was replaced with concrete in high "g" corners. Although the track surface has been recently ground down to level the transition between concrete and asphalt, the different surface types will still create challenges for the riders.

POINTS: 1. Mladin 391; 2. Duhamel 381; 3. Zemke 372; 4. E Bostrom 288; 5. May 262; 6. B Bostrom 247; etc.

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