Edwards on Kyalami Pole

Brent Avis
by Brent Avis
Troy Bayliss (Ducati Infostrada) and Ben Bostrom (Ducati L&M) will start tomorrow's South African Round of the World Superbike Championship from second and third on the grid as Colin Edwards (Honda) sets his second successive pole position.

Bayliss (Ducati Infostrada) set second-quickest time of 1'41.412 around the 4.263 km circuit, less than a tenth of a second off Edwards' pace...

He said that he was pleased to start the race from the front row of the grid. "I do want to be fastest whenever I can but it's quite handy to be on the front row here" declared Bayliss. "I'll certainly do everything possible to continue my winning streak tomorrow but if not then I'll just take what I can get. The end of my Superpole lap was perfect, it was in the middle that I got a bit out of shape.

"It's the fastest I've gone this weekend but I'm a bit depressed because it's a long way off what we did here in testing. The track conditions are similar to what they were before and so its difficult to understand why. Maybe tomorrow things will just be perfect. If they are long races then I know they are going to suit me".

Third quickest time of 1'41.453 for Bostrom (Ducati L&M) in Superpole after the Californian had set the fastest qualifying lap in the morning session. "My Superpole lap was strange because I felt fast but then I saw the time after Colin's lap and I wasn't so happy" declared Ben.

"I had no idea what Troy had done but I knew at least one of those guys had beat me out of pole. Congratulations to them! I really like this Kyalami track, and the tires are working much better than at the previous races. I'm going to try as hard as I can to win, I just know I can put the bike up front, give the guys as much hassle as possible and hopefully stand on top of that box tomorrow".

"I need to be able to do this because I'm losing the races because of Superpole. You can't start from row 3 and hope to do battle with the leaders. My preparations for the weekend are not yet finished, we still need to do a few more things in the morning because the bike is moving around a bit too much".

NORIYUKI HAGA (Playstation2-FGF Aprilia rider) commented: "In themorning we were in trouble: I couldn't go too fast because the frontwheel was jumping halfway through the curve. But in the afternoon,things got suddenly better: I don't know exactly what the techniciansdid, but they sure did it well! As for the tyres, I'll choose one oftwo types for the rear in the warm-up. With race tyres, I managed tomaintain a fast pace but it's going to be tough all the same."

STARTING-GRID:1. Edwards (Honda) 1'41.321;2. BAYLISS (DUCATI INFOSTRADA) 1'41.412;3. BOSTROM (DUCATI L&M) 1'41.453;4. Haga (Aprilia) 1'41.625;5. Hodgson (HM Plant Ducati) 1'41.825;6. Izutsu (Kawasaki) 1'42.453;7. Chili (Ducati NCR) 1'42.475;8. Pedercini (Ducati) 1'42.547;9. Borja (Ducati) 1'42.671;10. Toseland (HM Plant Ducati) 1'42.841.
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