PPIR Superbike Weekend Saturday Story

ERIC BOSTROM CLINCHES XTREME TITLE; BROTHER BEN TAKES SUPERBIKE POLE FOUNTAIN, Colo. - It might be the first time Eric Bostrom celebrated a third-place finish. But it's understandable. The podium finish in the Formula Xtreme class Saturday...

ERIC BOSTROM CLINCHES XTREME TITLE; BROTHER BEN TAKES SUPERBIKE POLE

FOUNTAIN, Colo. - It might be the first time Eric Bostrom celebrated a third-place finish.

But it's understandable.

The podium finish in the Formula Xtreme class Saturday in the Cruise America AMA Superbike Weekend presented by Suzuki at Pikes Peak International Raceway was enough to earn Bostrom the season championship in the class.

Meanwhile in Superbike qualifying, Ben Bostrom put his Honda on the pole for Sunday's championship race while brother Jason Bostrom, points leader Doug Chandler and Jason Pridmore will join him on the front row.

Bostrom, who has two AMA season titles, led early before experiencing some mechanical problems with his Honda, but continued to remain in pursuit of winner Mark Miller.

"I never take it easy," said Bostrom, a 21-year-old from El Segundo, Calif., when asked if he was riding conservatively. "These guys are always pushing me."

It was Miller's second victory of the year.

"I lost my knee (protection early in the race) and I was struggling a little bit," said Miller of Long Beach, Calif. I think the knee is fine. It will heel. God will make more skin."

"Yeah," Bostrom noted, "and the win will last forever."

Josh Graham of Littleton finished second in his first AMA Pro race of the year. He finished fourth here a year ago.

"I had a lot of people rooting for me and I had a lot of help," Graham said. "You could call it a hometown crowd."

Other Coloradans with top finishes were: Doug Vickery, Aurora, 8th; T. Russel Storbridge, Northglenn, 9th; Martin Sims, Denver, 10th; Mitch Bowers, Denver, 13th; Shawn Cotter, Denver, 15th; Mark Schellinger, Aurora, 16th; Dan Turner, Loveland, 20th.

In Saturday's other championship race, 17-year-old Nicky Hayden of Owensboro, Ky., won the 750 Supersport race for his fourth title of the season with Steve Rapp of Lafayette, Calif., finishing second and Rich Alexander of Carmel, N.Y. third.

The top Coloradans were: Erik Schnackenberg, Longmont, 10th; Bryan Chesser, Aurora, 11th; Ryan Burke, Brighton, 14th; Justin Savage, Denver, 16th; and Brad McKiernan, Denver, 17th.

DUHAMEL LUCKY DESPITE SEASON-ENDING INJURY

Miguel Duhamel finished second in the Superbikes points last season and won the inaugural Cruise America Super Bike Challenge at PPIR last year.

Although Duhamel is at PPIR this weekend, you won't find him in his racing leathers.

Duhamel rode a four-race winning streak into New Hampshire on June 19 but left in an ambulance before the race was over.

He crashed his Superbike and came away with a compound fracture of his left femur and broke his left knee cap. The femur came through his leathers and scraped on the ground.

Duhamel said doctors told him that five years ago his leg would have been amputated, but instead seven screws and one steel rod were attached to the femur.

"I was really lucky everything went well," said Duhamel a Quebec native now living in Sarasota, Fla.

"I'm working a lot on flexibility. No weights now, but I've just started to get on a stationary bicycle.

"Obviously we had a very good chance to win this year's championship. When the race comes around (Sunday) I will try not to get into that. I come here as a spectator and am trying to take this time off."

Still, he is eager to get back on the track.

"I've seen every doctor there is to be seen and they all agree on one thing: I'm not ready to ride."

Duhamel will meet with another orthopedic surgeon this weekend, and he's certain to understand why Duhamel is so eager.

Dr. David Kieffer of Laramie, Wyo., an orthopedic surgeon and consultant for the U.S. Olympic Ski Team, will be competing in Sunday's Pro Thunder race.

"I'm out here just enjoying myself," Kieffer said. "If I can come out of here with a top-10 I'll be happy. People ask we I do this, and tell them because I'm a bike rider."

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Series General
Drivers Steve Rapp , Nicky Hayden , Miguel Duhamel , Mark Miller , Doug Chandler , Eric Bostrom , Jason Pridmore , Josh Graham , Ben Bostrom