Daytona According to Buell

Brent Avis
by Brent Avis
The following press release comes from Buell:
DAYTONA, FLA. (March 12, 2002) - Mike Ciccotto, aboard the all-new BuellFirebolt XB9R, took second place in the AMA Buell Pro Thunder seasonopener at Daytona International Speedway despite limited testing anddevelopment time. The Hal's Harley-Davidson Performance Advantageteam took possession of their Firebolt just five days before the race,but Ciccotto proved the new bike will be a formidable contender thisseason.

"This Firebolt is incredible. It's our first weekend out on it andwhen we get it sorted out, it's going to be really tough for anyone tobeat us," said Ciccotto. "We had to run DOTs in the racebecause we didn't have a good set up for slicks yet...

"It was a good day for Buell. The new Firebolt finished second withstreet tires and a tail light and the proven X-1 was right behind inthird," said Erik Buell, chairman and chief technical officer ofBuell Motorcycle Company.

Former Australian Superbike Champion Kirk McCarthy took first placeaboard a Ducati 748RS, while Buell rider Michael Barnes aboard his KoscoHarley-Davidson/Buell - Innovative Motorcycle Research sponsoredLightning X1 took third.

Ducati 748 riders Thomas Fournier and defending series champ Tom Montanorounded out the top five. Tilley's Harley-Davidson/Buell X1 pilotDavid Estok, after qualifying second quickest, broke his clutch at thestart of the race.

The AMA Buell Pro Thunder Series continue at Fountain, CO, on June 1-2,2002, for round two of the series. To learn more about Buell Motorcycles,visit your local Buell dealer today and experience the pure streetfighterattitude, style, and performance only found onboard a Buell. Call1-800-4909-9635 for the Buell dealer nearest you, or pull

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