Fountain, Colorado (May 22) - Parts Unlimited Ducati Austin's Eric Bostrom won the Pikes Peak Superbike race on Sunday, making a dramatic pass on the last lap to take the victory. Bostrom led much of the 48-lap race on his Ducati 999, but saved the best for last as he took his first win of 2005. His teammate Neil Hodgson had an unfortunate day, finishing 31st after a mechanical issue forced him to pit.
Bostrom, winner of thirteen career Superbike races, took the lead at the start only to lose the position to Aaron Yates after some close, exciting racing between the two AMA veterans. Bostrom stuck closely to his rival through heavy lapped traffic and was able to make the pass exiting turn three on the last lap.
"This is definitely a sweet win," said Bostrom. "That race was a lot of fun. The start was perfect. I got a great jump off the line and tried doing laps in the 55 second range as long as I could. I thought the others would slow down as the race went on, but Aaron kept coming. I thought I was in big trouble when he came past. He was really quick through the infield but I was catching him back up in the sweeper (turn one). It was difficult to get close to him. Fortunately, we had the opportunity today and we got the win for Ducati.
"For Bostrom and his mechanics, this win is a payoff for the hard work they have put in this season. "We have a better feel for the motorcycle now. We've had ups and downs, but the team has worked hard and got the bike working well for me. With the competition, racing AMA Superbike is always going to be a challenge but we have some momentum."
"What a race!" said team owner Terry Gregoricka. "Eric really showed what he can do today, fighting for the win for all 48 laps. What I thought was impressive was that he didn't settle for second place after he lost the lead. He kept pushing and things went his way. The entire team has worked hard all year, along with Eric and Neil. It's good to see the guys rewarded for their hard work and the Ducati 999 coming across the line in first place.
"Neil Hodgson hoped for success in his first-ever race at Pikes Peak, but his quest ended quickly when he pitted. "I knew there was something wrong pretty much straightaway," said Hodgson, whose bike had a water hose issue in the race. "I looked down and didn't see anything, but my foot started slipping off the footpeg and I knew it was time to come in. That was the end. But that's racing ... the team's been fantastic this year.
"Hodgson returned to the race several laps down but finished 31st, just one spot out of the points.
The next AMA Superbike event will be at Road America in Elkhart Lake Wisconsin, June 3-5.
Sunday's Results: 1. ERIC BOSTROM (PARTS UNLIMITED DUCATI AUSTIN 999), 2. Yates (Suzuki), 3. Spies (Suzuki), 4. Mladin (Suzuki), 5. Hayes (Kawasaki), 6. Rapp (Suzuki), 31. NEIL HODGSON (PARTS UNLIMITED DUCATI AUSTIN 999)
Superbike Points (after 8 of 18 races): 1. Mladin (Suzuki) 255, Spies (Suzuki) 240, 3. Yates (Suzuki) 239, 4. ERIC BOSTROM (PARTS UNLIMITED DUCATI AUSTIN 999) 204, 5. NEIL HODGSON (PARTS UNLIMITED DUCATI AUSTIN 999) 201, 6. Duhamel, Honda 171
Source: Ducati Austin Racing