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Hard-Charging Bostrom Crashes Out of Race 2 at Infineon Raceway Sonoma (California) - May 2, 2004: Eric Bostrom crashed out of race 2 of the AMA Superbike Championship round at Infineon Raceway today 16 laps into the race which had already...

Hard-Charging Bostrom Crashes Out of Race 2 at Infineon Raceway

Sonoma (California) - May 2, 2004: Eric Bostrom crashed out of race 2 of the AMA Superbike Championship round at Infineon Raceway today 16 laps into the race which had already been red flagged for an earlier incident.

In hot conditions (93F / 34C), Eric had been running the Parts Unlimited Ducati Austin 999 in sixth position chasing series leader Mat Mladin (Suzuki) when the race was red flagged on lap 8 allowing the team the opportunity to put on fresh tires. After the race restart, Eric was in sixth position and making ground on brother Ben (Honda) when his front end tucked in turn 2 on lap 16. The 27-year-old rider was uninjured in the crash.

"I was pretty happy with the way the bike was entering the turns but I knew we could make it better," explained Bostrom. "When we came back in for the restart we put on a different front tire. This one behaved a little differently from the one I was using before the restart. I rode hard and kept the guys in sight and I felt that I'd have advantage with grip in the closing stages so I stayed as close as I could in hopes that the race would come back to me. In the end, I just rode too hard. Even after I crashed I wanted to get back on the bike and keep going, but the motor had stalled."

"Eric was pushing pretty hard in the turn and the front end went out," said Racing Manager Tom Bodenbach. "We ran a different front today and changed a few settings to improve front end handling. From the short practice we had this morning it looked like we had improved things but we didn't have an endurance run to check things out. During the red flag we changed the tires. What we did was better, but in the end it wasn't enough."

Round 4 of the AMA series will be held May 14-16 at Barber Motorsports Park in Birmingham, Alabama.

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