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Brainerd: Ducati Austin Friday qualifying report

Bostrom On Provisional Second Row at Brainerd Brainerd (Minnesota) - June 25, 2004: Parts Unlimited Ducati Austin's Eric Bostrom qualified sixth in Friday's session, putting him on the provisional second row for Sunday's race. After a promising...

Bostrom On Provisional Second Row at Brainerd

Brainerd (Minnesota) - June 25, 2004: Parts Unlimited Ducati Austin's Eric Bostrom qualified sixth in Friday's session, putting him on the provisional second row for Sunday's race. After a promising opening session that saw the 27-year-old rider in a close third position, the afternoon wasn't as kind to the popular race winner.

"This morning things went well and we were close to the pace. But this afternoon, we had a few things happen and it didn't go as well as we wanted," said Bostrom, who won his first-ever AMA Superbike race at Brainerd in 1998. "Part of it was me and part of it was the bike, but we really didn't have the time in the session to get the bike just the way it needed to be. Tomorrow, I know we'll have a good bike because the team knows what we need to do, and I'm confident I can get on and go fast from the start."

Bostrom, who recently tested tires in France for Michelin, set his best time of 1:37.757 in the cool weather of the afternoon session. Wind, especially in the turn two area, slowed riders somewhat on the 3.0 mile Minnesota course.

"I'm not sure about going for pole position because we've been off the leaders this year, but I hope we can continue to make improvements tomorrow and get ready to fight for the win on Sunday."

"This is an important race for us - just as every race in the series is - but we'd like to do well here at Brainerd because Ducati is sponsoring the race and there are a lot of Ducati fans here," said team owner Terry Gregoricka. "All of the crew is working hard to give Eric what he needs to do well and we're looking forward to tomorrow."

Final qualifying takes place tomorrow with the 21-lap (100 km) race to be contested on Sunday.

TIMES: 1. Duhamel (Honda) 1:35.819; 2. Zemke (Honda) 1:36.054; 3. Hayes (Kawasaki) 1:36.525; 4. Mladin (Suzuki) 1:36.594; 5. B Bostrom (Honda) 1:36.758; 6. E Bostrom (Ducati) 1:37.757; etc.

-dar-

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