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Daytona: Ducati first qualifying report

Bostrom Breaks Daytona Lap Record To Take Provisional Pole Position Parts Unlimited Ducati Austin's Eric Bostrom made the full potential of his 999 clear by breaking the Daytona lap record with a 1.46.835 in today's first qualifying session...

Bostrom Breaks Daytona Lap Record To Take Provisional Pole Position

Parts Unlimited Ducati Austin's Eric Bostrom made the full potential of his 999 clear by breaking the Daytona lap record with a 1.46.835 in today's first qualifying session for the 63rd running of the Daytona 200. The previous lap record of 1.47.174 was set by Nicky Hayden in 2002. Eric continued his form from this morning's practice session during which he finished ahead of all his competitors and was only one of two riders to break the 1.50 mark. The clear skies in the morning gave way to overcast conditions during qualifying, but temperatures remained warm.

Fresh from Ducati's victory in the World Superbike factory team's season opener at Valencia, Spain, Ducati Corse's Paolo Ciabatti and Track Engineer Ernesto Marinelli traveled to the U.S. for the major American event. "We didn't do any big set-up changes between the morning and this afternoon. The big difference were the Michelin qualifying tires," explained Marinelli. "Tomorrow we really need to concentrate on the race. We just want to do a race distance simulation."

Bostrom said of his record-breaking lap, "I was surprised. There was a little more left in the tires and I didn't feel like I did the perfect lap or anything. You're really out there like it's a video game and trying to hit your marks and doing everything better than the lap you did before. You're not trying to be Superman or anything, especially here at Daytona because this place can catch you out really easy so you have to keep that in mind.

"I feel like we have a real good bike. I really hope to accomplish these types of results all year. It's a bit of a surprise. Daytona's never really treated me that well and I've never really had the best go at this place so maybe this year will be different for us."

Final qualifying is scheduled to take place tomorrow at 1:55 p.m.

-www.ducatiaustin.com

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Drivers Nicky Hayden , Eric Bostrom