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Road America: Ducati Austin Sunday report

BOSTROM FINISHES A HARD FOUGHT FOURTH AT ROAD AMERICA Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin (June 5) - Ducati Austin's Eric Bostrom fought for the podium on Sunday at Elkhart Lake Wisconsin, finishing just short of a top 3 position as he came home fourth...

BOSTROM FINISHES A HARD FOUGHT FOURTH AT ROAD AMERICA

Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin (June 5) - Ducati Austin's Eric Bostrom fought for the podium on Sunday at Elkhart Lake Wisconsin, finishing just short of a top 3 position as he came home fourth on his Ducati 999. Bostrom was part of a three rider scrap for second but caught some bad breaks with lapped traffic and was unable to make a last lap pass for position on Road America's long straight as he had planned. Saturday's race winner Neil Hodgson was 19th after a mechanical problem.

"We're pretty happy with the direction things went," said Bostrom. "We had better entry grip than we ever had before on the 999. We struggled some with gearing, but overall the bike went well at Elkhart. The second split was our best all weekend and that had been where we were hurting, in the turns. Now it's our strong point."

Eric diced for second place and was in sight of the position, but ended up fourth after having a rougher time through the backmarkers than his rivals. "There was a shake-up between two riders in front of me, so there was an opportunity to make up some ground," said Bostrom, the winner at Pikes Peak last month. "To work so hard for it and have the opportunity disappear was frustrating. When we went into turn 11, I was right on their heels. I was basically in position to make a move in the last turn."

While Bostrom could have benefited with one more lap in the race, Neil Hodgson would have liked one fewer. Having followed Bostrom for most of the event, Hodgson was unable to finish the 16th and final lap of the race due to a mechanical problem.

"I only had a quarter of a lap to go," said a frustrated Hodgson, clearly wanting to back up his Saturday win with another good finish. "After yesterday, I was so pleased to win and wanted to have another good day today, but the race was disappointing. I was pretty much near the limit in the race." Hodgson is still in fourth place in AMA Superbike points.

The weekend will be remembered for Neil Hodgson's first AMA victory, the British rider becoming the only man in the modern era to win in AMA Superbike, British Superbike, and World Superbike.

The team will next race at Laguna Seca Raceway at the combined MotoGP/AMA weekend on July 8-10.

-www.ducatiaustin.com

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Drivers Eric Bostrom , Neil Hodgson