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Hodgson bags fifth in AMA Superbike series

Neil Hodgson scores a podium in last race of year

NEIL Hodgson finished off the 2006 season with a podium result at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course to end the AMA Superbike season in fifth place overall for Parts Unlimited Ducati.

Hodgson ran strongly in both ends of the red-flagged race, leading the event on lap 15.

"Today's race was a good opportunity for us. We pushed hard and battled," said Hodgson. "We had a solid race and it was fun racing at the front. I enjoyed the competition and it would have been nice to get a win, but a third is a good result. It's hard to believe the season's over. From Laguna onward, we improved. We were more competitive every weekend."

Team-mate Ben Bostrom took fourth place, making a remarkable leap up the leader board on the second start. Bostrom rocketed into third with an excellent launch from the second row and raced with the leaders before finishing fourth in the 26-lap race.

"The bike was really good, and I thought it was good enough to have raced for the lead the whole time. On the second start, we improved our position because the Ducati 999 is a good starter," said Bostrom. "We ended up fourth on the day, and we wanted more for the last race of the year but this was a solid race for us."

Visordown is still awaiting confirmation of Hodgson's plans for 2007 and beyond.

Mid-Ohio 2 race results: 1. Mat Mladin, Suzuki 2. Aaron Yates, Suzuki 3. Neil Hodgson, Parts Unlimited Ducati 4. Ben Bostrom, Parts Unlimited Ducati 5. Jason Pridmore, Suzuki 6. Tommy Hayden, Kawasaki 7. Ben Spies, Suzuki 8. Jake Zemke, Honda 9. Marty Craggill, Suzuki 10. Larry Pegram, Honda

AMA Championship final standings: 1. Ben Spies, Suzuki 649 2. Mat Mladin, Suzuki 641 3. Miguel Duhamel, Honda 511 4. Aaron Yates, Suzuki 484 5. Neil Hodgson, Parts Unlimited Ducati 469 6. Tommy Hayden, Kawasaki 455 7. Jake Zemke, Honda 447 8. Jason Pridmore, Suzuki 400 9. Ben Bostrom, Parts Unlimited Ducati 10. Larry Pegram, Honda 352

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