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Daytona: Ducati Thursday qualifying report

Bostrom to Start Daytona 200 in Pole Position Eric Bostrom's track lap record, which he set yesterday, stood throughout final qualifying today to give him and his Ducati 999 pole position for Saturday's Daytona 200 race. Today's qualifying ...

Bostrom to Start Daytona 200 in Pole Position

Eric Bostrom's track lap record, which he set yesterday, stood throughout final qualifying today to give him and his Ducati 999 pole position for Saturday's Daytona 200 race. Today's qualifying session was marred by two crashes, which cut heavily into practice and made it difficult for teams to focus on long distance testing. The Parts Unlimited Ducati Austin rider used the limited qualifying time to focus on final tire selection for the race.

"Had the conditions been a little bit better we might've slapped a qualifying tire on and tried to better our time from yesterday, but it was windy out there," explained Bostrom. "We felt fairly confident we had a great lap yesterday and could rest on that. We're here to win the 200 miler, not to just see it on pole position. I've never been on the front row here at Daytona. It's a great showing for the 999 for its first time here at Daytona. I'm really confident with it because it's been great all throughout testing and in practice. I think we're in a great position to win - we've got the bike and the tires and the team to do it."

Ducati Corse's Paolo Ciabatti declared, "We're very happy. We have a lap from yesterday that was hard to beat so today we didn't bother with the qualifying tire. We used the race tires so we could focus on the race set-up because the most important thing is winning on Saturday. We're happy to be back here with Eric, the 999 and Michelin on pole position. He's the first rider ever below 1.47 - it's a good start."

Team owner Terry Gregoricka was pleased with his team's efforts. "I'm not happy - I'm ecstatic! This has been a great weekend. We feel ready for Saturday. I know it's going to be a tough race, but Eric's been riding well and the team has been completely on the ball. I've been at Daytona a few times, but nothing compares to this year so far."

The 57-lap Daytona 200 race is scheduled to take place Saturday at 2:00 p.m.

-www.ducatiaustin.com

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