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HODGSON CONTINUES CONSISTENT RESULTS WITH FOURTH PODIUM OF THE YEAR Sonoma, CA (May 14) - Parts Unlimited Ducati Austin's Neil Hodgson finished third in the Saturday Infineon Raceway Superbike race, taking his fourth podium of the season in a...

HODGSON CONTINUES CONSISTENT RESULTS WITH FOURTH PODIUM OF THE YEAR

Sonoma, CA (May 14) - Parts Unlimited Ducati Austin's Neil Hodgson finished third in the Saturday Infineon Raceway Superbike race, taking his fourth podium of the season in a hard-fought 28-lap event on his Ducati 999. Neil, currently third in the season's points race, had a good battle for second with Aaron Yates but was unable to take the position in the closing laps. Eric Bostrom ended the race in tenth, although he ran as high as second in the early portions of the event once restarted due to a red flag.

"I was out riding on my own and Aaron closed in. That was with about five laps to go. After that, it was a good last five laps of me trying to hang on, trying to see if there was anyway I could do anything," said Hodgson, who has finished in the top five at every AMA Superbike race this year and on the podium four times. "There wasn't and that was that."

Neil stayed close to second place but wasn't able to re-take the slot as the grip began to fade late in the 28-lap race. "I think we were all in the same boat. No excuses," said Hodgson. "I'm just trying to keep pushing as hard as I can."

Still, it was a solid result for the 2003 World Superbike champion and Hodgson remains third in AMA Superbike points after six races, a strong debut to his rookie year in the United States.

Teammate Eric Bostrom ran as high as second, but a tire issue caused him to fade to tenth. "Unfortunately, we had a tire problem in the race," said Bostrom. "We had a good start to things and I got in the 1:37s, something I hadn't been able to do all weekend. But then we had a grip problem that made it impossible for me to keep up that pace. I don't want to dwell on the negative about today because we've continually made progress over the last few races."

"Neil rode hard and did his best. Today, that meant third place. It's good to see Neil earn another podium, even if we did come up short when it came to fighting for the win," said team manager Tom Bodenbach. "With Eric's race, sometimes things just don't go your way and that was the case today."

Tomorrow's race begins at 3PM.

-www.ducatiaustin.com

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Drivers Aaron Yates , Eric Bostrom , Neil Hodgson