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Mid-Ohio: Ducati Austin Saturday report

BOSTROM'S PODIUM FINISH AT MID-OHIO MOVES HIM INTO THIRD IN SUPERBIKE POINTS Lexington, Ohio (July 23) - Parts Unlimited Ducati Austin's Eric Bostrom earned his third podium finish in five races on Saturday at Mid-Ohio. In the hot conditions,...

BOSTROM'S PODIUM FINISH AT MID-OHIO MOVES HIM INTO THIRD IN SUPERBIKE POINTS

Lexington, Ohio (July 23) - Parts Unlimited Ducati Austin's Eric Bostrom earned his third podium finish in five races on Saturday at Mid-Ohio. In the hot conditions, Bostrom put his Ducati 999 "on the box" once again as he continued his run of recent competitiveness. Neil Hodgson was fifth as he made a run at fourth place as the checkered flag fell, ending up just 0.041 behind Duhamel (Honda).

Bostrom stayed out of trouble, unlike several of the other riders in the race held on the notoriously difficult surface. He kept his Dunlop-shod Ducati 999 on two wheels and was consistent to the end. "I'm happy to be here and I'll take it any way I can get it. The race pace was impressive, especially considering the heat of the track," said Bostrom. "I didn't quite have the setup I thought I'd have today, but it was still a very good bike. I got a good start. Ben (Spies) came around me and we moved up some positions. I just followed right by when he made the pass for third. I tried to stay on his tail to make it a better race but I lost him in traffic."

Eric climbed to third place in the AMA Superbike points table with this result.

Neil Hodgson had a difficult race to fifth place on Saturday, and after falling to ninth, fought for fourth with a late charge in his first race at the difficult circuit. "I had a good start off the line, but I backshifted all the way down to first gear for turn one. That dropped me back. The first couple of laps, I was cursing myself for changing the set-up for the race. But I caught a couple of riders and my strategy was to stay consistent and keep my head down. I looked at my pit board one time the whole race because I hoped I was riding hard and pulling away from people behind me. I'm learning the circuit and it's slowly coming to me. No excuses, but it's different than any track I've ever been."

"Both riders can feel good about the race today," said team owner Terry Gregoricka. "While Neil and Eric both are used to winning races and never truly satisfied unless they finish first, today was a tough day. Eric was able to start strong and finish on the podium again and Neil really rode hard at a circuit he had never raced on before. The team can build on these results for tomorrow."

Sunday's 26-lap AMA Superbike race is scheduled for 3PM local time.

-www.ducatiaustin.com

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Drivers Eric Bostrom , Neil Hodgson