HEARTLAND PARK

HOLDEN TAKES SEASON BEST FOUTH, SETS LAP RECORD, HODGSON SIXTH AT
HEARTLAND PARK TORNADO NATIONALS SUPERBIKE

Heartland Park Raceway
Topeka, Kansas   August 2, 2009

Corona Extra Honda riders Jake Holden and Neil Hodgson put in very strong performances at the first AMA Superbike event at Heartland Park Raceway,Topeka in 17 years.  Holden placed fourth in race two with Neil just behind in sixth.

The firstrace saw Jake finish seventh and Neil tenth.  Jake also set the fastest lap of the weekend and now holds the fastest lap for the track in AMA competition! Holden immediately got the weekend off to a flying start with very fast times in practice that culminated in best overall qualifying time, a new AMA track record of1 36.005.  In Superpole, Jake was not able to match his speed but still finished on the front row in third, with a 1 36.540, his best start of the season.

Neil was struggling with his shoulder injury during practice but still put the #100 CBR1000RR into Superpole and a ninth position on the grid. Race one saw Jake make a poor start and into fifth at lap one. A set-up change to the rear shock prior to the race did not work out as planned and Holden was not ableto maintain his earlier pace. Through the race he lost two positions and had to settle for seventh at the flag.

Neil rode a somewhat lonely race and ended in tenth at the checkers.  Both riders were disappointed with the race but vowed to do better on Sunday!

Sunday dawned with almost perfect weather and high hopes by the Corona Honda Team for good finishes with fast morning warm-up times from both riders. At the drop of the green flag Holden had another poor start and crossed the stripe in 7th place after the first lap. He improved to 5th place after second lap mistakes by Young andYates. On lap 18 fourth place Bostrom crashed out moving Holden up into the position for his best finish of the season. 

Hodgson had a good start, holding 10th place after the first lap. During the second lap he also moved up two spots thanks toYoung and Yates. He gave up a position to Knapp on lap 8 but got that position backon lap 12. On lap 18 Hodgson passed Michael Laverty for 7th and moved up to his final position of 6th after Bostrom?s crash.   Both riders were pleased with theirfinishes but felt they could do better.  Certainly Jake’s times were fast enough to run at the front and land it on the box!  Roll on VIR!

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