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VIR: Ducati race two report

CHALLENGING DAY FOR BOSTROM AND HODGSON IN VIRGINIA Alton (Virginia) 20 Aug 2006: Parts Unlimited Ducati's Neil Hodgson and Ben Bostrom faced a challenging day at Virginia International Raceway on Sunday, with Hodgson crashing while charging to...

CHALLENGING DAY FOR BOSTROM AND HODGSON IN VIRGINIA

Alton (Virginia) 20 Aug 2006: Parts Unlimited Ducati's Neil Hodgson and Ben Bostrom faced a challenging day at Virginia International Raceway on Sunday, with Hodgson crashing while charging to the front and Ben Bostrom finishing in the top six on his Ducati 999 once again after a tough race-long battle for position.

Hodgson suffered a lowside crash while running in third position on lap two. The Englishman was unhurt by the fall, but the result was Neil couldn't repeat his stellar Saturday finish on the podium. "I'm okay," said Neil. "I don't really know what happened. The data shows I didn't do anything differently than the previous lap, but things can happen like that, especially on this type of surface. It's disappointing because we were on the podium yesterday and felt like we could have done well again. We were up in third place and feeling comfortable. I was more surprised than anyone when I went sliding down the grass."

Ben Bostrom was sixth on Sunday, in contention for fifth all the way to the checkered flag. "It felt like a long race out there," said Ben. "I thought we were a little better than our result today. The bike was great to me again. We had moved up to sixth place but I was trapped behind Jake (Zemke) for what seems like the third race in a row. We've had some good battles this year with Jake but I was a little frustrated by not being able to pass him. I thought my lap times could have been better had I made it around him, but that's the way it goes. I felt better on the bike today and I'm looking forward to the next race in Atlanta."

-credit: ducati

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Drivers Neil Hodgson , Ben Bostrom