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Foggy's deflated Assen aspirations
Foggy PETRONAS Racing endured a deflating ninth round of the Superbike World Championship at Assen, the Netherlands.
Riders Troy Corser and Chris Walker were forced to settle for best finishes of seventh and tenth respectively around the fast-flowing curves of the circuit known as `the Cathedral of Speed' and.
Troy was ninth in the first race, but found greater consistency in the second race to claim seventh spot. Chris was also able to move up two places following his 12th position in the opening race after switching to a softer tyre.

James Toseland, the new championship leader, was a clear winner of the opening 16-lap battle but lost out to Chris Vermeulen by just three hundredths of a second in a thrilling second race. But the gap between that leading pack and his two riders left team owner Carl Fogarty in reflective mood.

Carl said: "Maybe our expectations were a little too high for this weekend coming off the back of our results at Brands. We are still missing that little bit extra and that little bit makes a big difference at fast circuits like Assen and Silverstone, where we have struggled. It's now a case of bridging that gap and we are confident that it will be closed next year. If we can get the best possible set-ups at the next two circuits then I can confident that we can run in the top six again."

Troy said: "I think that seventh was about as high as I could have hoped to finish today. I might have been able to run with Leon Haslam in the second race but he was able to open a gap in the first few laps. The tyre was more consistent in the second race and wasn't backing in as much. But in the first race I was losing a bit at nearly every corner and had to push the front too hard. I made a mistake and lost contact with the group in front of me in the first race and when I caught them back up they were pulling away enough out of the slower corners that I couldn't quite get close enough to get a draft and pass them."

Chris said: "I rode really well in the second race but didn't get the mega start I needed and found myself behind McCoy's bike, which was chucking oil out from the first lap. Steve Martin was waving his arms to try and tell the marshals at the end of the first lap and I can't believe that nobody saw it. I had to rip my tear-off off because it was covered in oil. So the pack that was behind him didn't dare push too hard until he eventually pulled over on the sixth lap.

After that, every time I passed someone they came straight back past me on the straight but I was doing lap times consistently about a second faster than the first race. There was a group of four dicing for ninth but Martin and Nannelli went down on the last lap when they ran wide and touched. That allowed me and Borciani through but I was angry not to pass Borciani because he has now gone into tenth in the championship.

The first race was just one of those boring lonely races. I just had no grip going into the corners and if I push that little bit I was going sideways, so the others pulled away. I changed the rear tyre for the second race and it worked a lot better. But the back end was still coming round more than the riders I was dicing with, and that was costing me time. It's annoying because we seemed to have solved the problem at Brands. I think tenth was a realistic position considering the form we have been showing this weekend."

The results strengthened PETRONAS' hold on third place in the manufacturer standings to 67 points.


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Chris Vermeulen (17) lookes at Toseland just in front of him as he fights off Chili, Haga and Laconi just behind, in a race for the history books.

2004 SBK World Superbike Championship, Assen Round 9 of 11

In an Exciting 5-Way Battle for Both Races and the World Championship
Toseland / Ducati and Vermeulem / Honda take Wins at Assen

Assen, Holland, Sept 3-5th -It was one of the most exciting World Superbike rounds ever, with Assen being the second to last round of this year's World Superbike Championship season and 5 riders were still within striking distance of the crown. Both heats at Assen turned into a 5-way battle between those 5 Championship leading riders: Toseland, Laconi, Chili, Haga and Vermeulen. It ended as a split result with Race One and Two proving the same close, but very different outcomes at the end of their 16-lap at hot and sunny Assen circuit in front of a large and enthusiastic mixed European and Dutch crowd of 76,000. When the day ended Toseland moved back on to the top of the points table with his win and second place.

In the opener James Toseland (Ducati Fila 999F004) secured his second race win of the season, holding off Pierfrancesco Chili (PSG-1 Ducati 998). In the second race Toseland had to concede the win. but only after a phenomenal last lap with eventual winner Chris Vermeulen (Ten Kate Honda CBR1000RR) as the exchanged the lead 3 times and crossed the finish line just a wheel length apart, with the 3 other contenders hot on their matching spec Pirellis. it might be a 2 horse race (Ducati vs Honda) on spec tires, but the racing in World Superbike this season is as close or closer than it ever has been, and certainly much more difficult to call than this year's MotoGP and AMA Championships.

Old Dogs and New Tricks: Frankie and the venerable Ducati 998R02, with Calendar Angel Andra Cobb.

Frankie Conquers His Favorite Track in Practice and Superpole
Sept 3/4th - RAPID FIRE FRANKIE: Pierfrancesco Chili (PSG-1 Ducati 998) proved his life affirming pre-race comments at Assen" that life begins at 40" really are true by heading the time sheets in the Superbike class. Already a race winner this year on his 999-engined 998RS machine, the current best lap holder once more proved fastest of the field, setting a 2:04.028s mark as the one hour first timed session drew to a close. Second qualifying and Superpole will determine the final grid positions, but on day one Chili showed his intentions for the entire weekend at Assen, a track he reveres above all others.

ITALIAN INVASION: Gianluca Nannelliís first day riding power put him second in the time sheets, only 0.286 seconds away from provisional pole. It was another impressive showing for the class rookie, on a supposedly outdated 998cc Ducati RS machine, expertly prepared by the Pedercini Team. The 31-year-old is one of four Italian riders on the front row, in a glory day for riders of 998 style Ducatis.

HONDA HOMECOMING: Their bike might be Japanese but the Ten Kate Team is a potent mix of Dutch expertise and Australian riding talent, with Chris Vermeulen (Ten Kate Honda CBR1000RR) once more attacking the stopwatch with some success, despite many niggling problems with machine set-up. The whole Ten Kate squad, including the machine, are SBK rookies, but at present Vermeulen lies only two points from a share of the championship lead.

BUSSEI BLOSSOMS: After a recent return to the Superbike class, after a sojourn in World Supersport, Giovanni Bussei (De Cecco Racing 998RS) has made a mark, none bigger than finishing day one at the challenging and fast Assen circuit in fourth position. He had the satisfaction of not only beating all the works machines but every Ducati 999-based bike on the grid.

WORKS IN PROGRESS: James Toseland (Ducati Fila 999F04) proved to be the best of the official Ducati entries, running his big twin to fifth place, over a second slower than Chili, with a time of 2:05.096. His team-mate, Regis Laconi lost ground in the second sector of the track, finishing a disappointed eighth, clawing his way onto the final place on the second row of the provisional grid.

KWAK ATTACK: A good day for the Bertocchi Kawasaki squad put Ivan Clementi sixth on the score sheet, running his 1000cc Kawasaki ZX-10 at a high pace in the final result. His team-mate Mauro Sanchini (Kawasaki Bertocchi ZX-10) ran out 11th on day one.

RENEGADE RUNNERS: Leon Haslam showed his rate of progress is continuing to gather momentum, as he outperformed his championship-challenging team-mate Noriyuki Haga on day one. His seventh best placing was in marked contrast to Hagaís 14th. The Ducati Renegade Koji 998RS riders are both expected to improve on day two, with the wonderful weather conditions predicted to continue throughout the three days of competition at Assen.

TOP TENS: Steve Martin (DFX Ducati 999RS) and Troy Corser (Foggy Petronas FP-1) completed a complicated top ten at Assen, with the experienced Piergiorgio Bontempi running out 11th on the improving Zong Shen Suzuki GSX-R1000.

SUPERSPORT: Another quite outstanding performance from championship leader Karl Muggeridge (Ten Kate Honda CBR600RR) gave him the upper hand in the first Supersport session, putting a whole second between himself and a chasing pack headed by his own team-mate Broc Parkes (Ten Kate Honda CBR600RR). Muggeridgeís time of 2:06.249 was untouchable, and may even prove to be the pole time in its own right. Sebastien Charpentier (Klaffi Honda CBR600RR) was third, with Muggeridgeís main championship challenger Jurgen van den Goorbergh (Yamaha Italia R6) fourth, and in an overnight front row position.

Friday qualifying times, Superbike World Championship, round 9, Assen: 1 Chili 2:04.028; 2 Nannelli 2:04.314; 3 Vermeulen 2;04.859; 4 Bussei 2:05.086; 5 Toseland 2:05.096; 6 Clementi 2:05.382; 7 Hasalm 2:05.410; 8 Laconi 2:05.459; 9 Martin 2:05.552; 10 Corser 2:05.742; 16 Walker 2:06.665
Free practice times: 1 Vermeulen (Ten Kate Honda) 2:05.644; 2 Laconi (Ducati Fila) 2:05.675; 3 Toseland (Ducati Fila) 2:05.773; 4 Bussei (DeCecco Racing) 2:06.310; 5 Borciani (DFX) 2:06.528; 6 Chili (PSG-1) 2:06.629; 7 Walker (Foggy PETRONAS Racing) 2:06.724; 8 Bontempi (Zongshen) 2:06.752; 9 Haslam (Renegade Ducati) 2:06.795; 10 Haga (Renegade Ducati) 2:06.882; 13 Corser (Foggy PETRONAS Racing) 2:07.134


Saturday 4th - THE BOLOGNA EXPRESS: After several close calls earlier in the season, Pierfrancesco Chili (PSG-1 Ducati 998) took his first Superpole win of the 2004 season, running out the victor with a time of 2:03.103 - the fastest official lap of the weekend so far. The 40-year-old phenomenon, the holder of the fastest ever SBK lap of Assen set in 2003, was in untouchable form. He won the otherwise closely contested Superpole by over 0.6 seconds, an age even at such a long track as Assen. Currently fifth in the championship fight, two wins for "Frankie" on Sunday would make the championship battle a five-way affair with two rounds to go.

FILA FORCE FIELDED: After some difficult times in recent events, there were smiles all round in the Ducati pit at the post qualifying prowess of the official factory Ducati Fila squad members, James Toseland and Regis Laconi. Toseland just edged out Laconi for the second best grid position by 0.101 seconds as he strove for his first Superpole win of 2004.

YELLOW PEARL: The Ten Kate Honda CBR1000RR of Chris Vermeulen set the fourth best time of the Superpole session, earning a front row start, nut only after the 22-year-old Australian experienced some front end chatter problems in regulation qualifying. In front of his Ten Kate teamís home crowd, a front row start for the second placed championship contender was a popular result in most areas of the expansive Assen grandstands.

It was Dog eat Duck at Assen as Haga and Toseland trade paint in Race One.

Race One to James Toseland, Fila Ducati 999F04
James Toseland (Ducati Fila) moved back on to the top of the points table with a win and a second place in front of 76,000 fans at a scorching Assen circuit in the Netherlands. Toselandís 45-point haul came in a superb day of racing which saw the top 5 championship contenders battle every inch of the way in the two 16-lap races. Team-mate Regis Laconi finished on the podium with a third in race 1 followed by a fifth place in race 2, when the win went to Chris Vermeulen (Honda).

Toseland declared: "It was great racing today, elbow-bashing with Nori and so close with Chris. I hate great races and finishing second but 45 points out of this weekend is what we need to do if we want to win this championship. There are a lot of people knocking on the door but Iíve just got to ride like this every week until the end of the season."

"There are a lot of British fans who come to Assen and I didnít want to let them down. Here itís such a fast flowing circuit and difficult to pull away, I only got a two second gap in the first race and the other guys were battling behind and slowed themselves down, Then in race 2 I knew they were on my tail, I could hear them at every curve. Fair play to Chris, it was disappointing I finished second but it was good for the championship"

Race Two to Chris Vermeulen, Ten Kate Honda CBR1000RR
: A quite outstanding fight between the two youngest championship challengers went to Vermeulen, who had made changes to his set-up. He attacked Toseland, the front-runner for much of the race once more, and they exchanged the lead three times on the last lap, with Vermeulen just holding on to his lead by 0.037 seconds. Haga was third overall, 0.117 seconds down; in one of the closest ever SBK finishes.

"The second race was quite difficultî commented Laconi."I didnít start very well and then I felt immediately I had movement at the front of the bike when I entered the corner and it got worse and worse. That made me go wide all the time, I tried to do my best to follow but I decided that it was best to settle for fifth and take the points. Itís not the best thing, but itís better than nothing.

"I am sure that the two last races will be good for me because I always have good results at Imola and Magny-Cours. I am confident now, the bike is good, we still have two dayís testing in Magny-Cours so all is not lost for the championship. This is a crazy season, very good for the fans but Iím not too worried about the points situation."

Four riders, separated by 14 points, are still in with a chance of the title as World Superbike heads to Imola on 26 September and then Magny-Cours one week later for its exciting finale.

THE FIGHT CONTINUES: With all the changes of fortune at the front in the Assen races, the championship fight is still desperately tight, with two rounds and four races still to go. 14 points now cover Toseland, Vermeulen, Laconi and Haga, while Pierfrancesco Chiliís second and fourth places at Assen put him 42 points behind Toseland. In a bizarre weekend for the leading championship places, Toseland entered the round in fourth place, and now leads with 255 points. Vermeulen remains a close second, on a new total of 252, while pre-race leader Laconi is now third, with 245 points. Noriyuki Haga, who looked capable of another of his stalk-and pounce wins, failed in this objective in either race, and is now fourth, on 241. The wins totals in SBK 2004 are now Laconi and Haga with five apiece, Vermeulen with four, Toseland two, with Chili and Garry McCoy taking a single each.

Superbike Race 1: (Laps 16 = 96,432 Km)
Pos /Rider /Nat. /Team /Time /Gap
1 / J. TOSELAND / GBR / Ducati Fila / 33'32.879 /
2 / P. CHILI / ITA / PSG - 1 Corse / 33'33.191 / 2.138
3 / R. LACONI / FRA / Ducati Fila / 33'33.307 / 2.450
4 / N.HAGA / JPN / Ducati / 33'39.785 / 2.566
5 / C. VERMEULEN / AUS / Ten Kate Honda / 33'46.626 / 9.044
6 / L. HASLAM / GBR / Renegade Ducati Koji / 33'47.579 / 15.885
7 / S. MARTIN / AUS / D.F.Xtreme Sterilgarda / 33'47.729 / 16.838
8 / G.MCCOY / AUS / XEROX - Ducati Nortel Net. / 33'48.932 / 16.988
9 / M.BORCIANI / ITA / D.F.Xtreme Sterilgarda / 33'50.099 / 18.191
10 / T. CORSER / AUS / Foggy PETRONAS Racing / 34'01.675 / 19.358
11 / G.NANNELLI / ITA / Pedercini / 34'10.932 / 30.934
12 / C.WALKER / GBR / Foggy PETRONAS Racing / 34'21.820 / 40.191
13 / P. BONTEMPI / ITA / Zongshen / 34'23.198 / 51.079
14 / W.NOWLAND / AUS / Zongshen / 34'34.379 / 52.457
15/S. FUERTES/ESP/MIR Racing//1'03.638
Fastest Lap 2° Noriyuki Haga 2'04.360 174,471 Km/h
Superbike Race 1 (Laps 16 = 96,432 Km)
Pos /Rider /Nat. /Team /Time /Gap
1 / C. VERMEULEN / AUS / Ten Kate Honda / 33'31.968 /
2 / J. TOSELAND / GBR / Ducati Fila / 33'32.005 / 0.037
3 / N.HAGA / JPN / Ducati / 33'32.085 / 0.117
4 / P. CHILI / ITA / PSG - 1 Corse / 33'35.873 / 3.905
5 / R. LACONI / FRA / Ducati Fila / 33'38.548 / 6.580
6 / L. HASLAM / GBR / Renegade Ducati Koji / 33'50.141 / 18.173
7 / T. CORSER / AUS / Foggy PETRONAS Racing / 33'55.064 / 23.096
8 / M.BORCIANI / ITA / D.F.Xtreme Sterilgarda / 34'05.239 / 33.271
9 / I. CLEMENTI / ITA / Kawasaki Bertocchi / 34'05.484 / 33.516
10 / C.WALKER / GBR / Foggy PETRONAS Racing / 34'05.783 / 33.815
11 / G.BUSSEI / ITA / DeCecco Racing / 34'08.326 / 36.358
12 / P. BONTEMPI / ITA / Zongshen / 34'08.786 / 36.818
13 / W.NOWLAND / AUS / Zongshen / 34'18.369 / 46.401
14 / S. FUERTES / ESP / MIR Racing / 34'46.250 / 1'14.282
15 / R. MENZEN / NED / Robert Menzen Racing / 35'04.952 / 1'32.984
Fastest Lap 5° Noriyuki Haga 2'04.831 173,813 Km/h

Riders Championship Standings:
1 TOSELAND 255, 2 VERMEULEN 252, 3 LACONI 245, 4 HAGA 241, 5 CHILI 213, 6 MCCOY 163, 7 MARTIN 144, 8 HASLAM 140, 9 CORSER 127, 10 BORCIANI 114, 11 WALKER 112, 12 SANCHINI 79, 13 CLEMENTI 73, 14 BONTEMPI 60, 15 NANNELLI 52.
Manufacturers Standings:
1 DUCATI 430, 2 HONDA 259, 3 PETRONAS 173, 4 KAWASAKI 106, 5 SUZUKI 84.

Muggeridge Takes 5th
Supersport Win in Commanding Style

Karl Muggeridge called on every bit of experience and all his Ten Kate Honda CBR600RR’s speed to hold off a quality field of Supersport entrants at hot and sunny Assen circuit, in front of a large and enthusiastic crowd. Chased by Sebastien Charpentier (Klaffi Honda CBR600RR) Muggeridge had it all covered, even if the margin of eventual victory was only 0.157 seconds. Wild card rider Andrew Pitt (Yamaha Italia) secured an excellent podium despite a last corner clash with Kevin Curtain, who crashed out of contention. Muggeridge now leads by 38 points, his win and a lowly fifth place finish by his closest championship challenger Jurgen van den Goorbergh aiding his cause.

His fifth win of the year came after a peerless display of front running, with both regular riders and wildcards not quite able to match his pace throughout.

Controlling things from the front, Muggeridge rode perfectly in the final corners and eventually won by a small but safe margin of 0.157 seconds, from fast Klaffi Honda rider Sebastien Charpentier, with wild card Yamaha rider Andrew Pitt in a distant third.

An imperfect set-up and high tarmac temperatures put Broc Parkes (Ten Kate Honda CBR600RR) in fourth position, seven seconds from the leading pace. Swede Jan Hanson took his private Honda CBR600RR to a fine sixth while regular Klaffi Honda Team rider Max Neukirchner once more belied his age and limited Supersport experience to fight his way through to seventh.

With Alessio Corradi out of the race, thanks to a broken wrist sustained in a Saturday qualifying crash on oil, Denis Sacchetti was the lone Team Italia Megabike Honda rider in residence, and he took 17th place, just out of the points.

For Muggeridge, who extended his championship lead to 38 points as his main rival Jurgen van den Goorbergh, could only finish fifth, Assen was an important race. “There were a lot of guests of the team here this weekend, which added a little something to it all. I was happy just to win the race and make my team happy. Maybe I’ll get a job for next year! I’m going to keep pushing until the end, even though our points position is pretty good now. Charpentier is always there but on the day we’ll see who can win the next races. Today Sebastien and the rest did not give me any breaks. I was desperate for them to slow down a bit and give me a break but they kept pushing all the way, With the temperature being so high it was very slippery out there. This morning we could set better times in the lower temperatures.”

MotoGP World Championship Marlboro Portuguese Grand Prix, Round 11

From Pole to Checkers, Rossi takes Portugal
Estoril,Spain, 3/4/5 September 2004 - Reigning World Champion Valentino Rossi put on a show of supremacy today, storming clear to win the Portuguese Grand Prix by more than five seconds from Honda rider Makoto Tamada, who was himself four seconds ahead of Alex Barros (Honda) and championship rival Sete Gibernau (Honda). Fellow Gauloises Fortuna Yamaha rider Carlos Checa also rode a strong race to complete the top five.

Qualifying: Valentino Rossi (Gauloises Fortuna Yamaha) first – 1’38.036
Gauloises Fortuna Yamaha rider Valentino Rossi made a successful start to the Portuguese Grand Prix today by taking provisional pole on day one in Estoril with a 1’38.036. His team-mate Carlos Checa (1’39.163) finished the afternoon 11th fastest, spending much of the session in the top five. Meanwhile Fortuna Gauloises Tech3 riders Marco Melandri (1’38.710) and Norick Abe (1’40.049) went about their business with typical resolve in today’s first hour of timed practice. Marco finished the day in a respectable sixth, while Norick ended the session in 15th. With dry patches of sunshine, making for a fast qualifying session with eight riders posting times under 1’39s, Rossi went to the top of the time sheets only ten minutes into the hour-long session. Checa moved into second shortly after. With fifteen minutes remaining Sete Gibernau (Honda) went ahead of Rossi, surrendering the lead to Alex Barros (Honda, 1’38.215) half a minute later. Gibernau then stole the top spot back again with his fastest lap of the day of 1’38.067.

This was only good enough for second, however, as Rossi then put in a flying lap of with just over a minute remaining. Barros finished third fastest, followed by Honda riders Makoto Tamada (1’38.342), Max Biaggi (1’38.609) and Melandri. Checa was unable to better his earlier time as he touched tyres with Gibernau on his flying lap and could not pass him. With Marco now very close to full fitness the Italian charger is now recapturing the form that has made him such a hot prospect in the premier class. His encouraging start to this Grand Prix has boosted his confidence and he is convinced there is more to come in tomorrow’s final qualifying session.

“We are ahead now but there is still more work to do, although we did some really good work today and finished first. It’s difficult to set-up the bike here because it’s an old style track; very tight and full of bumps. For sure it will be tough, especially against Gibernau and Barros who are looking strong. We have found the right tyre today and this was very important. It’s going to be a hard race.”

Loris Capirossi (65) overcame a 4th row start with the powerful Ducati to take the lead by turn One. As the pack approaches turn Two, Rossi dives to the inside to take the lead away, and as Capirossi cuts across to close the door he takes out Max Biaggi's (3) front wheel.

Race Day Runaway
Starting from second in perfect sunshine, Rossi was behind Loris Capirossi at turn two but shortly after passed the Ducati rider and took the lead. He was unchallenged for the rest of the 28-lap race and crossed the finish line 46 minutes later, taking his sixth victory in his debut season with Yamaha and the 65th of his Grand Prix career. Checa spent the early part of the race engaged in a battle for fifth with fellow Yamaha rider Marco Melandri (Fortuna Gauloises Tech3), before the Italian fell on lap eight, leaving Checa to hold onto fifth place ahead of John Hopkins (Suzuki).

The only exciting moment in the entire race came on the opening lap when Loris Capirossi catapulted his factory Ducati from his 4th row start into the race lead by the time he got to Turn One. Half way around the first lap Loris was passed for the lead on the inside going into a corner byRossi, pushing Loris out to take a widerentry line and then to turn back in towards the corner's apex. Unknown to Loris, Max Biaggi was trying to follow Rossi's line and when Loris turned back in he took out Biaggi's front wheel and sent the Honda rider crashing to the pavement, out of the race and out of contention for this year's MotoGP Championship. Loris ran wide again as he fought to stay up and ran off the corner, rejoining the race in last place.

Portugal proved frustrating for Melandri – who featured a special one-off Spiderman colour scheme for the 11th round – after losing the front-end of his YZR M-1 when he ran too wide on the entry to turn seven. He avoided injury but felt the hurt of what might have been a top five finish, or better. His team-mate Norick rode a lonely race after trying his utmost to make ground on Colin Edwards and Troy Bayliss. But his tenth place represents another dependable points-scoring performance from the reliable Japanese stalwart.

Rossi (209pts) now leads the Championship standings by 29 points ahead of Gibernau (180), and Max Biaggi (Honda, 158) – the latter crashing out on the opening lap. Checa has moved up the ranks one place into sixth. The MotoGP paddock now packs up to embark on the annual four-race ‘flyaway’ series before returning to Spain to round off the season. Rossi, Checa and the Factory team will stay on at the Estoril circuit tomorrow to continue their test programme before leaving for the next round in Japan.Valentino Rossi (Gauloises Fortuna Yamaha) first

“This was a super important race for us. It didn’t rain last night so the bike had more grip today and my team worked so hard this morning on the bike to improve the set up. My start was not great but I managed to stay first for the first few laps and the tyres held out really well, so I was able to push through right to the end in the lead. I really wanted to push a lot from the beginning because I knew that if someone else was close at the end it would be really hard, because everyone’s tyres would be moving around a lot. The bike was great today so thanks to Yamaha and everyone in the team for all the hard work.”
Carlos Checa (Gauloises Fortuna Yamaha) fifth

“I am satisfied with the race result because I started from tenth on the grid and I’ve improved a place in the Championship. After a few laps I felt the tyre go down a bit so I am pleased that I could hold onto my position. However I can’t accept the difference between Valentino and I; I know he’s the best rider but I feel that I must improve and close the gap between us. We need to analyze my performance today and I am going to push myself and my team to improve for the last five races.”

The most commendable rides of the day go to Loris Capirossi who recovered from last place after his off track tangle with Max Biagg on the opening lap, to move back up tho 7th place ahead of Ducati team mate troy Bayliss. And to American John Hopkins in his best finssh everin 6th place on the factory Suzuki, almost catching Carlos Checa for 5th, and finishing nearly half a lap in front of Suzuki team mate and former world champion Kenny Roberts Jr.

Round: 11 - Estoril Grand Prix , Circuit: Estoril, Circuit Length: 4182, Race: 28 Laps
Lap Record: 1' 39.189 (Valentino Rossi, 2003) , Fastest Lap Ever: 1' 38.412 (Loris Capirossi, 2003)

Pos. Rider Manufacturer Nat. Total Time
1 V. Rossi Yamaha ITA 46' 34.911
2 M. Tamada Honda JPN +5.111
3 A. Barros Honda BRA +8.157
4 S. Gibernau Honda ESP +8.312
5 C. Checa Yamaha ESP +17.966
6 J. Hopkins Suzuki USA +18.631
7 L. Capirossi Ducati ITA +23.670
8 T. Bayliss Ducati AUS +25.126
9 C. Edwards Honda USA +25.611
10 N. Abe Yamaha JPN +26.727
11 S. Nakano Kawasaki JPN +44.704
12 J. McWilliams Aprilia GBR +50.511
13 A. Hofman Kawasaki GER +54.372
14 K. Roberts Suzuki USA +59.518
15 N. Aoki Proton KR JPN +1' 32.853
Fastest Race Lap:
1 V. Rossi Yamaha ITA 1' 39.189

Championship standings MotoGP

Pos. Rider Manufacturer Nat. Points
1 Valentino Rossi Yamaha ITA 209
2 Sete Gibernau Honda ESP 180
3 Max Biaggi Honda ITA 158
4 Colin Edwards Honda USA 111
5 Alex Barros Honda BRA 102
6 Carlos Checa Yamaha ESP 93
7 Makato Tamada Honda JPN 89
8 Loris Capirossi Ducati ITA 84
9 Nicky Hayden Honda USA 83
10 Marco Melandri Yamaha ITA 64
11 Norick Abe Yamaha JPN 55
12 Shinya Nakano Kawasaki JPN 46
13 Ruben Xaus Ducati ESP 46
14 Troy Bayliss Ducati AUS 42
15 Kenny Roberts Suzuki USA 37

2004 AMA Chevrolet Superbike Championship Road Atlanta, Round 15 & 16

Mladin Extends AMA Superbike lead with Double Road Atlanta Wins

Aussie is the all-time AMA Superbike wins leader at Road Atlanta

Braselton, Georgia, USA , Sept 4-5th - Hot on the heels of his lap record breaking run during yesterday’s opening qualifying session for this weekend’s double header American AMA Chevrolet Superbike Championship round at Road Atlanta, Australian Mat Mladin blasted that record even further during today’s final session before turning that pole position into his seventh race win of the season later in the afternoon.

Mladin and his Yoshimura Suzuki GSX-R1000 have been the fastest combination around the fast 4.087km (2.54miles) Georgian circuit since Friday’s opening session, culminating in his 37th career AMA Superbike pole position. His time of 1-min 22.065-secs shattered his pole winning time from last year by 1.455 of a second and set the foundations for today’s 25-lap Superbike national.

Hondas filled the podium both days with Ben Bostrom taking a pair of thirds. Bostrom led Sunday’s race for the first five laps, but any chance of rejoining the battle for the lead was dulled by lapped traffic. Erion Honda’s Zemke struggled with tire grip on his way to fourth place finishes in both races.

Saturday Race One
Chasing teammate Aaron Yates, Mladin moved into the race lead on lap two and held that position till lap seven when the race was red flagged due to a fluids left on the circuit after Kawasaki’s Josh Hayes crashed at Turn Four. After a considerable delay to clear the debris from the circuit, Mladin again had to work his way past Yates on the restart, taking the lead on lap two. Once out front, the four-times American champion controlled the pace of the race, working his way steadily through lapped traffic and maintaining his margin over second placed Miguel DuHamel (Honda). The final lap saw Mladin caught in traffic, allowing DuHamel to close the gap significantly, but Mladin held his place at the front, crossing the line 0.400 of a second clear of his rival. The pair finished well clear of a battling trio consisting of Ben Bostrom (Honda), Jake Zemke (Honda) and Yates.

Mladin was pleased that the hard work and effort that his team have put in recently was paying off on the track, not only during qualifying, but also under race conditions.

“Qualifying was good for us, it’s always great to get that extra point, especially as we put a good lap together,” said Mladin. “We put a qualifier in and got a good lap on that tyre. Suzuki Japan along with our Yoshimura team have been working really hard over the past few months and if it wasn’t for that, this championship would have been much harder to chase. That hard work is what winning championships is all about.”

“It was also good to come away with maximum points from the race this afternoon, allowing us to open up a 32-point break over our nearest rival (Zemke) and hopefully we can repeat that again tomorrow.”

“Today’s race did go according to plan somewhat for us. Miguel managed to hang on throughout the race. He was about a second or so back and I had a comfortable break over him heading into the last lap, but we came across three backmarkers in the last chicane that saw the gap between us drop to 0.4 of a second as we crossed the line.”

“I don’t think that we need to change much on the bike for tomorrow’s race. It felt really good pout there today, but we’re getting to a point now in the championship where we have to start thinking about it a little bit, so we’ll just see how tomorrow pans out.”

Miguel Duhamel, 2nd Place Saturday - "I was always within a shot of getting him. Lapped traffic was a little bit not going my way. He got those guys. At the end again I had another outside chance coming into the chicane. I went wide hoping that maybe they’d see the blue flag and they’d go in tight because he was going in tight. That didn’t work out. Didn’t want to do nothing too crazy by passing him down the hill because it was too tight anyway. Just anyway just came up a little short. Good race. Lap times were good. The team did a great job."

Sunday Race Two
Sunday Sept. 5th Aiming to repeat yesterday’s opening race win, Mladin made a steady start to today’s event, sitting in third place behind early race leaders Ben Bostrom and Miguel DuHamel. Mladin’s early race pace was highlighted as he posted the fastest lap of the race with a 1-min 23.156-sec lap as he made his move past DuHamel for second, before slipping by Bostrom a lap later to take the lead.

From that point on experience showed, as he was able to dictate and control the pace from the front steadily working his way through lapped traffic and establishing his lead. By the conclusion of the 25th lap, Mladin has worked his lead out to 3.953 secs over DuHamel. Bostrom held a comfortable third, one place ahead of Zemke on the third of the factory Honda’s.

“The race obviously went well for us today, but I did push hard in the early laps and made a couple of little mistakes before it all started to fall into place,” said Mladin. “Once I was able to pass Miguel and then Ben, I settled in and put about a second gap on them. We kept it stable for a while before we got to the traffic and I did a really good job in being able to get past the backmarkers which allowed us to increase the size of the gap. It all worked out well as I was able to control the pace from about mid-race holding the gap in the three to four second mark and it all worked out.”

“I didn’t really need to race against Miguel today, as I felt that we had a motorcycle, that if we pushed hard I was confident of what it could do for 25-laps and I didn’t want to give away a race while I was thinking about the championship when we could do it without taking any serious risks. The bike was too good to settle for anything less than a win.”

The weekend’s haul of maximum points for Mladin has given him a 42-point margin over nearest rival Jake Zemke (Honda) 532 – 490, as the series heads to its final weekend of racing for the year at Virginia International Raceway on September 18 & 19.

“We’re in a good position now for the last round at Virginia. That 42-point cushion will mean that we can play the first there as it comes, see what the conditions are like when we get there and go from there. If we can finish either right behind, or even in front of Jake in the first race there then the championship should be done and that would be nice.”

Miguel Duhamel, 2nd Place, Sunday - "It was a tough race today. It was hotter and a little bit more tricky on the tire. Everybody was in the same boat. Just tried to do our best. Traffic, it was pretty bad for everybody. That’s how it goes. Who knows how the race the race would’ve turned out. It would have been nice to see what we could have done. Mat (Mladin) was definitely riding really good today. He rode good yesterday. There’s not much we could do. To be honest, with the lapped riders I was hoping he was going to get caught out somewhere do a little mistake, just give me a little more breathing room to latch back on. He didn’t do that."

RACE 15 AMA Chevrolet Superbike Championship
1. Mat Mladin (Yoshimura Suzuki) 25 laps
2. Miguel DuHamel (American Honda) +0.400 secs
3. Ben Bostrom (American Honda) +8.056
4. Jake Zemke (Erion Honda) +9.382
5. Aaron Yates (Yoshimura Suzuki) +9.746
6. John Haner (Hooters Suzuki) +1:00.593 mins
7. Geoff May (Prieto Suzuki) +1:06.469
8. Eric Wood (Hooters Suzuki) +1:07.091
8. Sean Higbee (KWS Suzuki) +1:08.776
10. Chris Caylor (Empire Racing Suzuki) -1 lap
RACE 16 AMA Chevrolet Superbike Championship
1. Mat Mladin (Yoshimura Suzuki) 35:13.64 mins
2. Miguel DuHamel (American Honda) +3.953 secs
3. Ben Bostrom (American Honda) +10.610
4. Jake Zemke (Erion Honda) +23.813
5. Josh Hayes (Attack Kawasaki) +57.838
6. John Haner (Hooters Suzuki) +1:19.303 mins
7. Larry Pegram (Triangle Cycles Yamaha) +1:23.753
8. Marty Craggill (Corona Extra Suzuki) +1:25.535
9. Eric Wood (Hooters Suzuki) +1:25.655
10. Geoff May (Prieto Suzuki) +1:27.286

2004 AMA Chevrolet Superbike Championship (Points after 16 of 18 rounds)
1. Mat Mladin (532, 8 wins); 2. Jake Zemke (490, 2 win): 3. Miguel DuHamel (477, 4 wins): 4. Ben Bostrom (364, 1 win): 5. Geoff May (344): 6. Eric Bostrom (336, 1 win): 7. John Haner (312): 8. Aaron Yates (298): 8. 9. Eric Wood (284): 10. Josh Hayes (267).

Duhamel Clinches Formula Xtreme Title (If anyone cared.)
In a class only contested by the factory team of American Honda, team rider Miguel Duhamel clinched the inaugural Formula Xtreme Championship, the unprecedented seventh AMA road race title of his illustrious career, in the penultimate round at Road Atlanta in Braselton, Georgia. By finishing second, Erion Honda’s Jake Zemke guaranteed that Honda would finish the first season of the 600cc based class one-two.

“It was really tight and really hard and every race win was earned for Jake and myself,” Duhamel said after his seventh win of the series. Two others were won by Zemke with American Honda’s Ben Bostrom completing Honda’s so far perfect season. “I believe that we pushed it hard and we just went for it on the last lap and again today. Just it was just a really tough championship. There were two factory guys, obviously Jake and I were riding up front, but still there’s only one place on the podium and it was really hard to get and I feel that this was a tough championship to win this year.”

Duhamel is the career wins leader in AMA road racing, extending that number to 79 with this weekend’s Formula Xtreme success.

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Notes From Assen WSB
LEON ROARS: Leon Haslam could not quite stick with the leaders at Assen, but he took his Renegade Ducati Koji 999RS machine to an excellent brace of sixth places. He stuck with the leading bunch for a period in each race, and his 20 points in total keep him in eighth place overall.

MCCOY KEEPS IT REAL: Garry McCoy (Xerox SC Ducati 999RS) had an up and down Assen, taking a battling eighth place in race one but suffering a technical problem in race two. He looked like the rider who won a race at Phillip Island earlier in the year, as he rampaged through the middle order in race one.

DIFFERENT STROKES: A high point of seventh for Troy Corser was the best result for the Foggy Petronas team, on their updated and uprated FP-1 three cylinder machines. The 900 triples were a little outgunned at Assen, with Corser riding well in a lonely race two but Chris Walker not getting into contention.

PRIVATE PARTY: Steve Martin (DFX Ducati) was a strong seventh in race one, but a crash in race two ruined what was a promising day for the seasoned Aussie rider. His team-mate Marco Borciani scored a ninth and an eighth, with the last two riders in the top ten of race two being Ivan Clementi (Bertocchi Kawasaki ZX-10) and Petronas pilot Chris Walker.

Well-Known Custom Bike Builder 'Indian Larry' (Larry Desmedt), dead for not wearing a helmet.
August 30th - Indian Larry was appearing at the Liquid Steel Classic and Custom Bike Series, taking place at the Cabarrus Arena and Events Center, North Carolina. The event was being filmed as part of further appearances for Larry in Discovery Channel's 'Biker Build-Off' program. On Saturday, August 28th, he was performing stunts in a parking lot before a huge crowd when he lost control of the motorcycle. Witnesses said that he was wearing protective clothing but not a crash helmet.

Indian Larry became a legendary figure in the custom bike scene, with his work featured in movies, video, TV and in many magazines.
He claimed his influences were the choppers of the Fifties and Sixties, especially those from the West Coast scene where Ed Roth and Von Dutch had achieved cult status.
He was also much in demand for personal appearances and the popularity of Biker Build-Off increased his standing.

Born in Cornwall-on-Hudson, New York, Larry became fascinated by the chopper movement by the time he was a teenager, riding his own Knucklehead.
He re-located to the West Coast for a time, to learn his craft from Ed ('Big Daddy') Roth.
After being involved in numerous projects, he eventually settled in Brooklyn in 1991 with the stated aim of becoming 'the best chopper builder in the world'.
His business was located at Gasoline Alley, in Williamsburg.

Indian Larry was 55. He leaves a wife, Bambi, and his mother and sister.The family has requested no flowers, but donations, if desired, to the National Council on Alcoholism.

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This weekend Ducati Marlboro Team rider Loris Capirossi reaches another landmark in his remarkable Grand Prix career when he makes his 100th premier-class start.

During his seven seasons in the 500 and MotoGP categories the Italian has built an enduring reputation for being one of the most exciting and determined riders on the world stage. He has also scored three victories and a total of 24 podium finishes.

"I didn't even know this was my 100th race in the big class until some Italian journalists phoned me a few days ago," said the 31-year old. "To make 100 races is pretty good, really nice. But then I thought 'Wow, I must be really old!" but my feeling is still the same as when I first came to GPs as a 16-year old."
Capirossi made his 500 debut in 1995, after twice coming close to winning the 250 title in 1993 and 1994. He ended the '95 season with his first premier-class podium and followed that with his first victory in 1996. But then he decided he had unfinished business in 250s, returning to that class in 1997 and winning the title in 1998. In 2000 he came back to 500s before joining the Ducati Marlboro team last year when he made history by winning the factory's first premier-class victory.

"I've seen many things change during my time. I've raced with Schwantz, Doohan, Criville and so many other great riders," he adds. "It's all been a great experience, especially racing with the Ducati Marlboro Team. I've won three races in 500 and MotoGP but I've enjoyed them all, they've all been the best. Maybe most of all I've enjoyed making a lot of friends over the last 15 years. How much longer will I race? I don't now, maybe two, three or four years because I still love what I do so much."
Capirossi first hit the headlines in his debut GP season in 1990 when he won the 125 title at the age of just 17, then retained the title the next year. He remains the sport's youngest-ever word champ despite a lowering of the minimum age limit from 16 to 15.

Date of birth: April 4 1973 (age 31)
Marital status: married to Ingrid
Lives: Monaco
Birth place: Rio Le Terme, Italy
Height: 164cm. Weight: 58kg
Sports: Trials, swimming
First pole: Australia, 1991 (125)
Interests: movies, Classical music
GP Victories: 23 (1xMotoGP, 2x500, 12x250, 8x125)
World Championships: 3 (125: 1990, 1991, 250: 1998)
GP debut: Suzuka, Japan, 1990 (125)
First GP victory: Britain, 1990 (125)
GP starts: 210 (40xMotoGP, 59x500, 84x250, 27x125)
Pole positions: 36 (3xMotoGP, 5x500, 23x250, 5x125)
1988 8th 125 Italian Sport Production Championship (Mancini)
1989 4th 125 European Championship (Honda)
1990 125 World Champion (Honda)
1991 125 World Champion (Marlboro Pileri Honda)
1992 12th 250 World Championship (Marlboro Pileri Honda)
1993 2nd 250 World Championship (Marlboro Pileri Honda)
1994 3rd 250 World Championship (Marlboro Pileri Honda)
1995 6th 500 World Championship (Marlboro Pileri Honda)
1996 10th 500 World Championship (Marlboro Yamaha Team Rainey)
1997 6th 250 World Championship (Aprilia)
1998 250 World Champion (Aprilia)
1999 3rd 250 World Championship (Honda)
2000: 7th 500 World Championship (Honda)
2001: 3rd 500 World Championship (Honda)
2002: 8th MotoGP World Championship (Honda)
2003: 4th MotoGP World Championship (Ducati Marlboro Team)

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Capiross's Race at Estoril
Ducati MotoGP Team riders Loris Capirossi and Troy Bayliss enjoyed inspired rides in today’s Portuguese Grand Prix, both charging through the field to finish seventh and eighth after difficult starts from the fourth and fifth rows of the grid. Incredibly, Capirossi got the holeshot into turn one, using the awesome horsepower of his Desmosedici GP4 to storm past ten bikes in just a few hundred metres, only to get taken out by a rival before lap one was over. He restarted from last but one to take seventh. Bayliss also shone, running tenth during the first laps, then getting the better of two former World Champions to take eighth.

“That was a very exciting race for us to watch,” said MotoGP Ducati Team director Livio Suppo. “Loris made an unbelievable start, only for Max (Biaggi) to knock him down, but that’s racing. The collision and his return to the track cost Loris a lot of time, but once he got going again he was simply incredible. Of course, it’s a pity that he lost so many places in the incident but his comeback showed his spirit as a rider, as well as the improving performance of our bike. Troy also rode a great race; he was faster than he’d been in both qualifying and warm-up, so he put in a great effort today. The weekend could have been better but after the race I think we can look at it in a positive way.”

Loris Capirossi may not have made the podium in his 100th premier-class race at cool, blustery Estoril this afternoon, but he did show his incredible determination to overcome. Taking the holeshot from the fourth row of the grid was a remarkable achievement, allowing the Ducati MotoGP Team rider to lead until Max Biaggi rammed him from behind going into the chicane for the first time. Biaggi fell while Capirossi took to the dirt, losing six seconds. He regained the tarmac in 19th place, then embarked on a dazzling recovery to seventh, often lapping within a fraction of a second of the leaders.

“I started great, then took some big risks to get into turn one first,” he said. “It was a pity that Max tried to pass me so soon – he could have waited for a better place to attack. Once I had regained the track I started my comeback, passing a lot of riders, but the leaders were too far ahead, so I just made sure I maintained my position. My pace was close to the leaders’ which proves we are improving the bike, though we still have work to do.”

Ducati Marlboro Team rider Troy Bayliss scored a hard-fought eighth-place finish today, a well-earned improvement on his fifth-row start. The hard-riding Aussie completed the first lap in tenth spot and once he'd got settled in he began moving forward in impressive style, passing former 500 World Champion Kenny Roberts Junior on lap eight and his former World Superbike rival Colin Edwards, himself another former world champ, the very next lap. With ten laps to go Capirossi passed Bayliss and the two were pretty much together from then on, Bayliss finishing 1.5 seconds down on his team-mate.
"It was nice to pass a few good guys," said the former World Superbike champion. "Once I got going the race wasn't too bad. The engine cut out for a second on the third lap, though I didn't lose any places. Loris did a great job. After half-distance we ran together for a while. He seemed to have chosen a slightly better rear, so I was losing a bit on him through the final split - the last left and the last right. Towards the end I was just hanging on, so then I thought I should just keep it together because I wasn't in a bad position, so I didn't want to blow it."

Road Atlanta AMA Preview
A ug. 27, 2004
-- Defending AMASuperbike Champ Mathew Mladin is on course to earn his fifth AMA Chevrolet Superbike title and a pair of wins at the AMA Suzuki Superbike Showdown by Makita Doubleheader on Sept. 3-5, could put the Australian Yoshimura Suzuki rider one step closer to the 2004 championship. Mladin is one of three former winners at Road Atlanta set to race in rounds 15 and 16 of the 18-race championship. Miguel Duhamel and Georgia's own Aaron Yates have also won AMA Superbike races at the challenging Braselton circuit. As the championship hits the homestretch, Mladin is leading Erion Honda Superbike newcomer Jake Zemke by 21 points. Mladin built his series lead by way of a lightning quick start of the season, winning five of the first six rounds. He then went through a mid-season dry spell going six
rounds without a win before getting back atop the podium at Mid-Ohio in late July.

Road Atlanta has been a roller-coaster ride for Mladin over the years. On the upside, he can claim to be the winningest AMA Superbike rider ever at the track. He swept the doubleheader in 2000 and then came back to take one of the two rounds in 2001 and again last year. He's also had some very close calls on the high-speed circuit; once being forced to avoid an ambulance that was on the track and then holding on to his Suzuki last year when the bike's rear tire failed at high speed. Only a man with steely nerves, like Mladin, could put incidents like that out of his mind and come back to win on the very same track. The fact that Mladin was the fastest in testing at the track only solidifies the view that he is the Road Atlanta pre-race favorite.

"It's nice to now have that 21-point break over Jake in the championship, and with just four races to go we have to try hard to hang on to it. We've got Road Atlanta and Virginia International Raceway to
finish off the season and I think we should be able to put a good package together for both of those tracks," says Mladin. If Zemke is to close in on the champ he will have to accomplish something he's never done at Road Atlanta - win. As a leading AMA Formula Xtreme and Supersport competitor over recent years, Zemke has won his share of races, but never at Road Atlanta.

"I've always been in contention at Road Atlanta," Zemke said. "I had a good shot of winning (in Formula Xtreme) in '02 before going down in (Jason) Pridmore's oil. On the restart I charged all the way from the back of the grid to third so I don't think there's any particular reason I haven't won there. I've had a number of podium finishes so I feel like I go pretty well there. We've got some points to make up, but a lot can happen in four races so we're going to take it one race at a time and see what happens."

Duhamel, who won at Road Atlanta in 1998 in a thrilling last-turn pass on Anthony Gobert, has fallen to third in the championship after crashing his factory Honda in the most recent round in Lexington, Ohio. As a result of the crash the Montreal native went from just 10 points behind Mladin and second in the standings to third in the series, 44 points out of the series lead. Duhamel, the 1995 AMA Superbike champ, now needs a little luck to get back in the championship picture. Brothers Eric and Ben Bostrom are still mathematically in the race for the championship, but realistically the two are battling for fourth in the standings. Both Eric and Ben have both won races this year and would love to add to that tally. It's been five years since a Ducati won at Road Atlanta. Eric would love to help the Italian maker get back on the
top rung of the podium.

Georgia has long been an Eastern hotbed of road racing talent. This year local fans will again have a number of home state heroes to root for. Chief among the Georgian riders is Suzuki's Yates. The Milledgeville resident is having a disappointing season, but has still managed three podium finishes this season. He hopes racing at his home track will find him getting his first win in nearly a year. Other top Georgian riders at Road Atlanta will include last year's rookie of the year Geoff May, an Atlanta native who now lives in West Palm Beach, Florida. May is a solid fifth in the standings riding a Team Prieto Racing Suzuki. Opie Caylor,
form Marietta, is another leading privateer rider in the series.

Matt Mladin's
Winning Record
Sept 5th - Australia’s Mat Mladin completed a winning double at the penultimate round of this year’s American AMA Chevrolet Superbike Championship after taking victory in the second of the weekend’s Superbike nationals being at the Road Atlanta circuit in Braselton Georgia. The win took Mladin’s rally of AMA career wins to 32 (an all time record) and was his 8th win from the 16 races run to date in this year’s championship. More importantly, the weekend’s haul of maximum points, has given him a 42-point margin over nearest rival Jake Zemke (Honda) 532 – 490, as the series heads to its final weekend of racing for the year at Virginia International Raceway on September 18 & 19.

The 32-year-old who hails from Camden, south west of Sydney, has led the championship since the opening race of the season, taking his third Daytona 200 victory and is just two races away from claiming an unprecedented fifth American Superbike crown, in an AMA career that has spanned nine years.

Mladin and his Yoshimura Suzuki GSX-R1000 have been the combination to beat all weekend, topping the time sheets in every practice and qualifying session before taking the all-important race wins in each of the 25-lap Superbike nationals.

Eric Bostrom out of Action for the Weekend at Road Atlanta
Braselton (Georgia) - Sept 4th-: Parts Unlimited Ducati Austin’s Eric Bostrom saw his weekend at Road Atlanta come to an end unexpectedly after a crash in turn 2 of the weekend's first of 2 races, puting him out of the double header weeeknd with injuries. Coming over the crest of turn 2 with the throttle on, the rear end of his bike broke loose and sideways. Shutting off the gas brought the reat tie back, but the transfer of weight to the front end broke it loose and put Eric down on the track hard. Lucky he was not hit by the rest of the starting field behind him.

“I was trying to make a pass and highsided. I’m not sure if I got into the marbles or what, but the rear came all the way around on me. It’s a real shame, because the Parts Unlimited Ducati Austin team was going good this weekend. I think we would have been up there in the race. Our times on race tires were consistent,” explained Eric.

The final race of the AMA National Championship takes place at Virginia International raceway on September 18-18th, where the team will be joined by factory Ducati World Supersport rider Lorenzo Lanzi who turned quicker times there in his first ever ride on a Superbike than Eric in testing last month.

And Ducati's Press Release: Braselton (Georgia) - September 5, 2004: Parts Unlimited Ducati Austin’s Eric Bostrom will not race on Sunday at Road Atlanta. After visiting a doctor Saturday night, it was decided that Eric will sit out Sunday’s AMA Superbike race.

“Unfortunately, Eric has a broken rib and a little damage to the hardware in his shoulder,” said Racing Manager Tom Bodenbach, referring to the surgery required to repair Eric’s shoulder after a 2003 crash in the Laguna Seca World Superbike race. “Eric should be ready to race at Virginia, though.”

Bostrom, winner at this season’s Pikes Peak round of the series and the polesitter for the Daytona 200, had hoped for a positive weekend at the home race for the team. The Ducati Austin shop is located near Road Atlanta.
Virginia International Raceway hosts the final races of the AMA Superbike season on September 17-19. Ducati Corse’s factory World Supersport rider Lorenzo Lanzi will join Bostrom for the last round of the U.S. series.