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Daytona Thursday report

Ducati Austin Rider Eric Bostrom Keeps Daytona 200 By Arai Pole Miguel Duhamel Adds on to Daytona Victory Total With Victory in Formula Xtreme DAYTONA BEACH, Fla., (March 4, 2004) -- Nobody could touch Eric Bostrom during the second...

Ducati Austin Rider Eric Bostrom Keeps Daytona 200 By Arai Pole
Miguel Duhamel Adds on to Daytona Victory Total With Victory in Formula Xtreme

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla., (March 4, 2004) -- Nobody could touch Eric Bostrom during the second day of Daytona 200 By Arai qualifying on Thursday at Daytona International Speedway.

Bostrom's track-record qualifying lap of one minute, 46.835 seconds, 119.961 mph, set during Wednesday's qualifying session, wasn't broken during the final day of qualifying for Saturday's 63rd Daytona 200 By Arai and the Ducati Austin rider held onto his first Daytona 200 By Arai pole.

"If the conditions maybe had been a little bit better, we'd probably slapped a qualifying tire on it and try to best our time yesterday," Bostrom said. "It was windy out there. We felt fairly confident we had a pretty good lap yesterday and we could rest on that."

The Ducati Austin rider from Las Vegas, Nev., earned his first pole position on the 3.56-mile road course and delivered Ducati its seven Daytona 200 By Arai pole. Ducati has yet to win the Daytona 200 By Arai.

Eric joins his brother Ben as the first brother combination to win poles for the Daytona 200 By Arai. Ben Bostrom captured the pole for last year's race.

Rounding out the front row for the Daytona 200 By Arai was Honda's Ben Bostrom, Suzuki's Mat Mladin and four-time and defending Daytona 200 By Arai champion Miguel Duhamel.

On the disappointing end of Daytona 200 By Arai qualifying was Rick Shaw, who failed to qualify for what would have been his record-breaking 23rd start in the race. Shaw, a privateer rider, is tied with Warren Sherwood with 22 starts and is the mileage record holder for the Daytona 200 By Arai.

Following Daytona 200 By Arai qualifying, the inaugural Lockhart Phillips Formula Xtreme event and the Repsol Superstock final took centerstage at the "World Center of Racing."

The Lockhart-Formula Xtreme event was dominated by Hondas as Duhamel held off a hard-charging Ben Bostrom for his 11th career victory at Daytona. Besides his four Daytona 200 By Arais, Duhamel owns six Pro Honda Oils Supersport triumphs.

In Repsol Superstock, the last lap featured a five-bike duel with three Yamaha riders and two Kawasaki riders. Aaron Gobert nipped teammate Jamie Hacking at the start/finish line by a half-a-tire for his second AMA National victory.

"That was the most incredible draft that I've ever had," Gobert said. "I wasn't sure the bike was geared to go that high. I just kept on wheeling by."

In final BMW BoxerCup qualifying, Thomas Hinterreiter claimed the pole with a lap of two minutes, 3.727 seconds. Sebastien Legrelle, who was fastest in BMW BoxerCup first-round qualifying on Wednesday will roll off second.

Daytona International Speedway takes a day off from road racing on Friday for the inaugural nighttime running of the Daytona Supercross By Honda. For tickets to all motorcycle races, log on to www.daytonainternationalspeedway.com or call 1-800-PITSHOP.

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Drivers Miguel Duhamel , Eric Bostrom , Aaron Gobert , Ben Bostrom