Wednesday, April 26, 2006

BOSTROM AND HODGSON LOOK TO IMPROVE FORTUNES AT FONTANA

Fontana (California) 26 April 2006: California Speedway in Fontana, California is the site of this weekend's AMA Superbike race for Parts Unlimited Ducati's Ben Bostrom and Neil Hodgson. Just one week after the last round at Barber Motorsports Park, the duo hope to put their Ducati 999 Superbikes on the podium during this third race meeting of the year.

Hodgson gave a courageous performance at Fontana last season that will go down as one of the most memorable in the 2003 World Superbike champion's career. Despite an illness that brought his fitness to race into question, Neil showed his mettle as he battled for the win on Saturday, finishing a close third after leading on the last lap. He followed that up with fifth place on Sunday even though his illness forced him into the medical center immediately after the race.

"Fontana is a better track for us than Barber, that's for sure. I had a good race last year. We had a shot at a win and we still were on the podium after I made a slight mistake," said the Englishman. "I guess you could call it the closest thing I have to being a 'home race', because I live in the Los Angeles area when I am here in the States. It's no secret we were disappointed with how things went at Barber but that just makes us more determined to do well at Fontana."

Ben Bostrom was quick at a California Speedway test earlier this year, setting the second fastest lap. He feels the key this weekend is getting a good start to the weekend. "Fontana is not a circuit where you could ride a million laps and think 'Wow, what a great racetrack', but I think we'll be more competitive there. We made progress all weekend at Barber. We just really struggled in the beginning. Even during the red flag on Sunday, we made some changes and improved the bike. Hopefully, I'll be feeling better with my sinus problem and we can get a good start because I want to be winning races."

Qualifying begins on Friday, with 28-lap Superbike races on Saturday and Sunday.

The Circuit: California Speedway 2.36 miles (3.7 kilometers), 21 turns. Oval with permanent road course, with up to 14 degrees of banking in some turns.

Standings (after three races): 1. Ben Spies, Suzuki 107 2. Mat Mladin, Suzuki 99 3. Miguel Duhamel, Honda 88 4. Neil Hodgson, Parts Unlimited Ducati 78 5. Aaron Yates, Suzuki 76 5. Tommy Hayden, Kawasaki 76 7. Ben Bostrom, Parts Unlimited Ducati 71 8. Jason Pridmore, Suzuki 64 9. Jake Zemke, Honda 52 9. Larry Pegram, Honda

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