AMA: Atlanta MBNA Superbike Tour
2 June 1998Notes & Quotes from Sunday's MBNA Superbike Tour races on the 2.52 mile course at Road Atlanta in Braselton Georgia. Conditions: Mostly sunny and humid, with temperatures in the mid-80's.
RACE RESULTS ON AMA DIRECTLINK
Within minutes after each race, race results are now downloaded from AMA Pro Racing timing and scoring computers directly to the official AMA website at www.ama-cycle.org. See Race Results, Road Racing, in the Pro Racing pages.
MBNA SUPERBIKE -- GOBERT IS BIG KAHUNA
Vance & Hines Ducati rider Anthony Gobert took the win at MBNA Superbike round two at Road Atlanta today. The Aussie placed second at yesterday's MBNA Superbike round and received an extra point for leading the most laps. After leading every lap and winning today's race, Gobert was crowned The Big Kahuna. In addition to the title and purse money, Gobert earned a free trip to Hawaii, presented by race organizers First Auto Sports Television (FAST).
American Honda's Miguel Duhamel was second in today's race. Duhamel chased Gobert on every lap -- at times closing the gap to a tire length -- but could not overtake Gobert. Duhamel's teammate Ben Bostrom took third-place after passing Muzzy Kawasaki rider Doug Chandler on the last half of the last lap. Bostrom also took third-place at yesterday's MBNA Superbike round.
BOSTROM BROTHERS WIN AND SHOW IN PRO HONDA OILS 600 SUPERSPORT
Life is good if you're a Bostrom. American Honda's Ben Bostrom took his first career Pro Honda Oils 600 SuperSport win today. Bostrom took command of the race after early race leader Miguel Duhamel developed a mechanical problem, and lap 11 leader Doug Chandler crashed out. Chandler suffered no major injuries and rode his bike back to the pits.
"I had a really good battle going with Doug and Miguel, Steve (Crevier) was right on my butt, and Eric was a half second behind," said Bostrom. "I just thought it was all going to come down to the end. We had a couple bad deals there when Doug and Miguel lost it, and I think the crowd lost out on a good finish there, but I tried to put in a good race." Bostrom took third-place in yesterday's MBNA Superbike race.
Steve Crevier rode his Yoshimura Suzuki to runner-up honors and his third podium finish in the 1998 Pro Honda Oils 600 SuperSport series. Erion Racing's Eric Bostrom joined his brother Ben on the podium in today's race with a third-place finish. This is Eric's third Pro Honda Oils 600 SuperSport podium finish this year. Eric was also in front of the cameras yesterday after winning yesterday's Pirelli Formula Xtreme race.
ELF RACE FUELS & LUBRICANTS GRAND PRIX - ROLAND SANDS AGAIN
Performance Machine Yamaha rider Roland Sands took his third win in six rounds of Elf Race Fuels & Lubricants Grand Prix. Sands now leads the series by a margin of 27 points. "I thought they (second and third-place finishers Takahito Mori and Kurtis Roberts) were going to be right there, and I looked back on the last lap and was lucky enough to have a bit of a gap," said Sands. "So I just kept my head down. I was riding my hardest on the last laps."
Takahito Mori took second-place at today's race and maintained his series second-place status. Today's podium finish is the second of the season for the Moto Liberty Honda rider. Erion Honda rider Kurtis Roberts took his third 1998 Elf Race Fuels & Lubricants Grand Prix podium finish and earned enough points to move into series third-place, displacing World Sports Imports Yamaha rider Chuck Sorensen.
PROGRESSIVE INSURANCE PRO THUNDER
Shawn Higbee took his second 1998 Progressive Insurance Pro Thunder victory today at Road Atlanta. Higbee's victory marks the second AMA National win for a Buell motorcycle. Higbee is currently ranked third in season points.
Paul Harrell was back on the podium today after taking third-place in yesterday's Teamline 750 SuperSport series. Harrell took second-place at today's Pro Thunder race. Harrell and Orange County Triumph rider Curtis Adams were tied for the series lead of the Progressive Insurance Pro Thunder series coming into this race, and the second-place finish moves Harell into the series lead. Adams, who has four series wins to his credit, took third-place at today's race and drops to series second-place.