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Sonoma AMA Superbike Results

By Motorcycle.Com Staff, May. 03, 2004
Here's a press release from Honda gloating about their successful weekend at the track formerly known as Sears Point. How about that Miguel Duhamel? Not too shabby for an old guy! Full results are listed at the end of this post. -Sean

*Press Release* HONDA RACING INFORMATION

Temperature: 29 degrees
Weather: Sunny

Duhamel Wins and Wins

American Hondas Miguel Duhamel had a podium-filled weekend, rolling his Hondasinto victory lane as the winner of the Superbike and Formula Xtreme race, as Hondasdominated on a sun-splashed weekend at Infineon Raceway in Sonoma, the heart ofCalifornias wine country.

In Sundays Superbike race, the wily French-Canadian made up over two seconds onthe final lap to pull off a daring last corner pass of Erion Hondas Jake Zemke,then sped to victory by 0.196 seconds. Teammate Ben Bostrom was fifth.

I thought, what the hell, maybe give it a shot, maybe I can surprise him at theend, Duhamel said. Maybe a lapped rider, a little bobble, maybe I can sneak up onhim. Thats what happened.

Minutes after spraying champagne in the Superbike winners circle, Duhamel andZemke were battling again, this time in the Formula Xtreme race. Again, the resultwas similar. Zemke led throughout, but it was Duhamel coming through at the end,though this time with less drama. Duhamel passed Zemke with two laps to go and wenton to win by 1.985 seconds, keeping his Formula Xtreme perfect season intact, threefor three. Joining Duhamel and Zemke on the podium was Erion Hondas Alex Gobert,making it another Honda sweep. Of the nine possible Formula Xtreme podium positionsin 2004, Honda CBR-600RRs have taken eight.

The weekends success gives Honda a commanding lead in Formula Xtreme, Duhamelleading Zemke 112 to 94 with Alex Gobert third at 83.

Duhamel also rolled his Honda CBR-1000RR into the winners circle in SaturdaysSuperbike race, taking second in front of Zemke. Teammate Ben Bostrom was slowedby tire problems to a fourth place finish on Saturday in a race won by Suzukis MatMladin.

After five of 18 Superbike races, Hondas are two-three, with Duhamel second at 153points and Zemke third with 150. Mladin leads with 177.

The Hondas broke well on Saturday, class rookie Zemke moving into his first everSuperbike lead on the second lap. Zemke controlled the pace until the sixth lapwhen he was passed for the lead, but led the Honda trio which was second throughfourth. Thats how theyd finish, though in a different order.

Zemke admitted making a rookie mistake and abusing his tire on the abrasive, hotsurface, allowing the more experienced Duhamel to take second and make a run at theleader. Ben Bostrom, who also struck tire problems while in third, fell back tofourth, where hed finish.

Miguel Duhamel, First Place SundayAfter the fact, its obviously a great feeling to be able to do that today. I justrode my you know what off. Just rode as hard as I could. A couple of times I gotpretty bad headshakes, sliding going over the curbs and doing tankslappers, doingwhat you had to do on the last lap. You have to pull the pin and hope it goes yourway. It looked like he wasnt expecting me and that was wonderful because its ahard track to pass on. He didnt do anything wrong. I was able to get a 1:37 out ofmy bike. A lot of the credit goes to my crew. They gave me a great bike. I wasntgoing to be terribly disappointed if he won and I got second. It was just a matterof my bike worked better than his. I had the opportunity and I went for it.

Jake Zemke, Second Place SundayI backed the pace off about a second from what Id been running and that wasobviously too much. I had no idea he was there until I sat up and broke and thisred thing went by me. I said, This is weird. I dont know how he did it, but hestopped the bike at full lean angle in the middle of the corner. He did a great jobof making sure I couldnt get back by him. You can look back, but the cardinalrule is never look back. Youve always got toTo be honest, I cant tell you the last time I saw someone come from almost threeseconds back to win a race. It definitely caught me by surprise to be sure.

Ben Bostrom, Place SundayIts probably the most tired my shoulders have ever been trying to keep the thingoff the ground. I just kept losing the front on the entry to the corners, so I justkept holding the thing up with my shoulders. It wore me out. I ran a harder frontthat Ive ever ran, but you had to, because it was tearing tires. Everyone else ranthe same front, so I cant really blame it on that. Something felt not right. Thebest description I had for my guys is that it didnt feel like a superbike fork, itfelt like a supersport fork. Im completely baffled. I dont understand it all. Imout there riding hard, nearly crashing every lap and not going anywhere.

Miguel Duhamel, Second Place SaturdayI caught up to Jake (Zemke) pretty quickly and he looked like he was just trying toget home. My bike was working better for sure, it was working really good. Then Iwas just trying to put in some good laps to get away from Jake a little bit. I wasjust focused on doing my thing and I saw Mat (Mladin) coming back to me a littlebit. I just wanted to see if I could do something. Coming out of the chicane I hita false neutral and then I slammed it into second like a complete amateur andstretched my chain out. Then the chain was jumping on the sprocket for the rest ofthe race so I didn't want to throw away a hard earned second.

Jake Zemke, Third Place SaturdayWith Miguel [Duhamel] it really wasn't much of a battle. He came around me and mytire was already toasted so I didn't have anything for him. He came back to me onceor twice because of some traffic, but not close enough for me to do anything. Myhat's off to Mat [Mladin] and Miguel because those guys rode really good today.Unfortunately, I just didn't have enough tire to last the whole race. We'll put ourheads together tonight and come up with a better strategy for tomorrow.

Ben Bostrom, Fourth Place SaturdayI wrecked the tire in 10 laps. Theres nothing else to say. We had a long way togo. We had identical tires. I didnt put any endurance on the tires, but otherpeople had, so I was, Aahh, it should be OK. Were not usually too hard on tires,but we were today. Usually the heat will allow the tire to go longer. When thetracks cool, then it cold tears the tire. I dont know why our tire went off sosoon.

Sunday Superbike:
1. Miguel Duhamel (Honda)
2. Jake Zemke (Honda)
3. Aaron Yates (Suzuki)
4. Mat Mladin (Suzuki)
5. Ben Bostrom (Honda)
6. Steve Crevier (Suzuki)
7. Josh Hayes (Kawasaki)
8. Larry Pegram (Yamaha)
9. Geoff May (Suzuki)
10. Shawn Higbee (Suzuki)

Saturday Superbike:
1. Mat Mladin (Suzuki)
2. Miguel Duhamel (Honda)
3. Jake Zemke (Honda)
4. Ben Bostrom (Honda)
5. Eric Bostrom (Ducati)
6. Josh Hayes (Kawasaki)
7. David Stanton (Suzuki)
8. Larry Pegram (Yamaha)
9. Geoff May (Suzuki)
10. Aaron Yates (Suzuki)

Superbike Point Standings:
1. Mat Mladin (Suzuki) 177
2. Miguel Duhamel (Honda) 153
3. Jake Zemke (Honda) 150
4. Geoff May (Suzuki) 108
5. Lee Acree (Suzuki) 105
6. Larry Pegram (Yamaha) 97
7. Eric Bostrom (Ducati) 96
8. John Haner (Suzuki) 84
9. Ben Bostrom (Honda) 79
10. Cory West (Suzuki) 77

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