Laguna WSBK Race One
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Ben Bostrom recovered from a poor start to storm to the front of his home round of the World Superbike championship in Laguna Seca, USA this afternoon. He carved through the field on his Ducati L&M machine from sixth place on lap one to chase holeshot man Neil Hodgson. Troy Corser had been holding second but was unable to close on Hodgson. Bostrom blasted past the Aprilia on lap 19 of the 28 lap race and set off after race leader Hodgson.
Despite scoring the fastest lap of the race Corser was unable to followBostrom through when he caught and passed Hodgson's GSE Ducati. The reigning British Superbike champion hadn't put a foot wrong all race but when Bostrom caught him and piled on the pressure Hodgson strayed off the racing line in the Corkscrew on lap 21. That was all Bostrom needed and he slipped up the inside to disappear for his third race of the season.
After the race the home crowd cheered Ben Bostrom as he took his place on the top of the winner's podium. Hodgson was light hearted despite his defeat, "I hadn't planned to lead the race," said Hodgson, "my plan was to follow Bostrom and pass him on the last lap. When I found myself in the lead at the end of lap one my plan went out of the window. I got a good lead early on but then saw 'BOS' on my board and thought - oh no, not again!" When asked if he planned to make any changes for race two Hodgson quipped, "I've asked my mechanics to fit a bigger engine!" Bostrom was joined in thefun and replied, "I'm making the same change as Neil for race two!"
Championship leader Troy Bayliss finished the race in fourth place, withEdwards back in sixth after running off the track going into the Corkscrew. As a result Corser was able to close the gap on the pair who lie first and second in the championship table.
1. Ben Bostrom, Ducati, USA, 40'32.1612. Neil Hodgson, Ducati, GBR, 40'33.4983. Troy Corser, Aprilia, AUS, 40'35.0844. Troy Bayliss, Ducati, AUS, 40'48.8905. Eric Bostrom, Kawasaki, USA, 40'50.5866. Colin Edwards, Honda, USA, 41'02.9237. Ruben Xaus, Ducati, ESP, 41'05.6108. Tady Okada, Honda, JPN, 41'06.5329. Doug Chandler, Kawasaki, USA, 41'07.79910. James Toseland, Ducati, GBR, 41'09.778Championship positions1. Troy Bayliss, 2632. Colin Edwards, 2133. Troy Corser, 1954. Ben Bostrom, 1725. Neil Hodgson, 1616. Pierfrancesco Chili, 1537. Gregorio Lavilla, 1208. Akira Yanagawa, 110
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