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Pikes Peak: Ducati Austin qualifying report

Bostrom To Start From Second Row at Pikes Peak Fountain (Colorado) - Saturday May 22, 2004: Parts Unlimited Ducati Austin's Eric Bostrom cut nearly a second off his morning practice time in the afternoon session to finish seventh in today's...

Bostrom To Start From Second Row at Pikes Peak

Fountain (Colorado) - Saturday May 22, 2004: Parts Unlimited Ducati Austin's Eric Bostrom cut nearly a second off his morning practice time in the afternoon session to finish seventh in today's qualifying at Pikes Peak International Raceway. Bostrom's qualifying time of 55.297 on the Ducati 999 was recorded in clear but windy conditions at the tight 1.3 mile (2.12 km) circuit.

"The bike is fast and we have a lot of grip," Eric said after finishing his day at the mile-high venue. "Unfortunately, we didn't do as well as we would have liked; I just can't quite get it hooked into the corners and that's something we're going to work on. I think tomorrow morning we're looking to take off another half-second or so, and then we should be ready for the race. Anything but a win here would be a real disappointment, but right now we're hoping the changes we're making tonight will benefit us tomorrow."

Bostrom, four times the race winner at Pikes Peak, looks to make an impression in tomorrow's long race. "The race is 48 laps long, but we'll need to charge hard the whole time to stay with the lead pack," Eric said.

Tomorrow's 48-lap (100 km) AMA Superbike race is scheduled for 3:30 p.m. (Mountain Daylight Time).

TIMES: 1. Zemke (Honda) 0'53.775; 2. Duhamel (Honda) 0'54.220; 3. Mladin (Suzuki) 0'54.412; 4. Yates (Suzuki) 0'54.548; 5. B. Bostrom (Honda) 0'54.717; 6. Hayes (Kawasaki) 0'54.890; 7. E. Bostrom (Ducati) 0'55.297; etc.

-www.ducatiaustin.com

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