The AMA's Wild Weekend at Loudon

Brent Avis
by Brent Avis
Things started out calm enough in the first Superbike and Supersportqualifying sessions at the Loudon, New Hampshire InternationalSpeedway. Kawasaki's Eric Bostrom sat atop the Supersport chart whileTeam Suzuki's Mat Mladin held onto the quickest Superbike time despitecharges by both Yates and Bostrom.

Unfortunately, things started going sour when Team Yamaha's Anthony Gobertcrashed in spectacular fashion going through turn eight, high-sidinghimself into oblivion. The crash was one of Gobie's worst, by his ownaccount, and resulted in a broken left wrist and dislocated rightshoulder...

Thankfully, a trip to Dr. Ting's today should help his recovery as the GoShow plans to be back in time for the World Superbike/AMA Superbike roundat Laguna Seca in July.

Weather played a big role in this weekend's races as well, with the AMAdeciding on Thursday of last week not to run any races in the rain atLoudon. But as the Supersport riders sat on the grid on race day, adrizzle began to wet the track. Despite earlier "decisions," the AMAcontinued on with the race.

A majority of the riders (all of the factory and satellite teams) elected to boycott the race, leaving only 12racers on the grid, most of which were locals. The result of the melee wasa barrage of finger-pointing at the AMA's Ron Barrick, for his lack oforganization, by a number of top riders as well as the track owners.

Results from the race follow:

1. Scott Greenwood (Suz)2. Matthew Silva (Kaw)3. Paul Hopkins (Yam)4. John Salemi (Hon)5. Roland Williams (Suz)6. Michael Niksa (Suz)7. Michael Martire (Kaw)8. Justin Blake (Hon)9. Dale Seaton (Yam)10. Owen Richey (Yam) The AMA Superbike battle was far less dramatic in the pits, but the racetrack action was non-stop.

Due to the rains that plagued the Supersport race, the Superbike battle was held over until today, Monday. The race was run in warm and sunny conditions and saw Team Kawasaki's Eric Bostrom take the holeshot and the win from pre-race favorite, Mladin.

Bostrom's margin of victory over a hard-charging Mladin going into the final lap was only three-tenths of a second. The two racers held a rather substantial 24 second gap over third-place finisher, Aaron Yates. The win was Bostrom's first Superbike win since Pike's Peak last year and puts the Californian only 31 points aft of Mladin in his bid for the Superbike title.

1. Eric Bostrom (Kawasaki)2. Mat Mladin (Suzuki)3. Aaron Yates (Suzuki)4. Nicky Hayden (Honda)5. Jamie Hacking (Suzuki)6. Doug Chandler (Kawasaki)7. Steve Rapp (Ducati)8. Miguel DuHamel (Honda)9. Tommy Hayden (Yamaha)10. Larry Pegram (Ducati)
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