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Mid-Ohio: Ducati Austin race one report

Bostrom SeventhiIn Race 1 at Mid-Ohio Lexington (Ohio) - Saturday July 24, 2004: Eric Bostrom finished seventh in today's AMA Superbike race at Mid-Ohio after a crash earlier in the day during final qualifying forced the Parts Unlimited...

Bostrom SeventhiIn Race 1 at Mid-Ohio

Lexington (Ohio) - Saturday July 24, 2004: Eric Bostrom finished seventh in today's AMA Superbike race at Mid-Ohio after a crash earlier in the day during final qualifying forced the Parts Unlimited Ducati Austin rider to race his back-up Ducati 999R. Under clear skies and cool temps, Eric took the lead at the start of the 26-lap race, but slipped back into the pack as the race progressed.

"It was a struggle from the start. I crashed the bike I was going to race, and although the settings the crew worked so hard to put on the back-up bike were the same, the one I raced was a little softer in the front," explained the 27-year-old from Las Vegas, Nevada. "But the bottom line is we weren't fast enough in the corners; it's an issue we've been working on all season. We had a problem holding the line and here, when you run wide in each turn, it kills your drive in the next turn."

Bostrom's great start pleased the many Ducati fans in attendance at the race, but the former AMA Supersport champion dropped back through the field as the race continued. "We got a good start again, but we have to make it last longer," Eric said.

"We're all disappointed to finish seventh, but we'll keep working hard to try to get on the pace and finish up strong," said Racing Manager Tom Bodenbach. "Eric had turned some better times in the morning qualifying session, but he ended up crashing his primary bike. Hopefully we'll be able to move forward in the warm-up and be more competitive in the race."

Race two of the doubleheader at Mid-Ohio is scheduled for tomorrow at 3:00 Eastern Time.

RACE: 1. Mladin (Suzuki); 2. Duhamel (Honda); 3. Yates (Suzuki); 4. B Bostrom (Honda); 5. Zemke (Honda); 6. Hayes (Kawasaki); 7. E Bostrom (Ducati); etc.

-www.ducatiaustin.com

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