Eric Bostrom Assumes Sole Ownership of AMA Superbike Points Lead at Jul 1, 2003 11:07:41 by webmaster
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Suzuki's Aaron Yates won the Brainerd AMA Superbike National, taking the victory by 2.714 seconds over Honda's Miguel DuHamel and Kurtis Roberts. Kawasaki's Eric Bostrom finished fourth and now assumed sole ownership of the Superbike points lead after early leader Mat Mladin had tire troubles and finished seventh.
The race was marked by the tire stop by Mladin, who led the first half of the race but first slowed, allowing Yates to pass, then pitted on lap 13 after his tire visibly lost rubber in turn one. Mladin's painfully slow lap around was followed by a strong charge back up to seventh place. Honda's Ben Bostrom also stopped for a new rear on lap 16 after running in fifth place.
Ducati Austin's Giovanni Bussei finished fifth in his AMA Superbike debut in a lonely run, ahead of Attack Suzuki's Jason Pridmore, the top Superbike privateer.
After Mladin's stop, the main dramas where if Yates's rear Dunlop would hold out until the checkered flag and which Honda rider would finish second. DuHamel took the position on the final lap.
Aaron said he was more concerned with his running his own race than trying to conserve his race rubber after Mladin pitted. "I looked back and I saw that no one was there. My pit board said 'plus 6'," Yates said. "I picked up a little vibration with about 15 laps to go. I think we lost a weight, but the tires were great." Aaron added that he didn't think the problem was a tire wear issue as he never lost grip.
As for second place, DuHamel moved past Roberts on the final circuit. "I knew it was going to be really tight. We were side by side going into three. I committed to go in tight." I feel bad about squeezing Kurtis out a little bit," Miguel said afterward.
Roberts started slow but nearly took second place. "I'm getting tired of the second and third place stuff," said the Honda racer.
Pos. Rider Team Points
1 Eric Bostrom Kawasaki 321
2 Mat Mladin American Suzuki 318
3 Aaron Yates American Suzuki 313
4 Kurtis Roberts Erion Honda 301
5 Ben Bostrom American Honda 293
Brainerd AMA Superbike National Results
Pos. Rider Team Bike
1 Aaron Yates American Suzuki Suzuki GSX-R1000
2 Miguel Duhamel American Honda Honda RC51
3 Kurtis Roberts Erion Honda Honda RC51
4 Eric Bostrom Kawasaki Kawasaki ZX-7RR
5 Giovanni Bussei Ducati Austin Ducati 998R