Sugo Friday WSB Qualifying

Brent Avis
by Brent Avis
As many people expected going into this weekend, round four of teh World Superbike Championship at Sugo, Japan, it's a wild-card rider at the top of the time sheets.

Fan favorite, Ben Bostrom (Ducati L&M) headed the three factory Ducati Corse riders onFriday at Sugo in seventh place as first qualifying was twice disruptedby a spate of crashes and subsequent red flags. Championship leader TroyBayliss (Ducati Infostrada) set an identical time but was one placebehind in eighth, aslast year's double winner, wild-card Tamada and Edwards (Honda) led the way...

Ben Bostrom (Ducati L&M) was aiming to improve on his time of 1:29.773but crashed in the final three minutes of qualifying, which had beenrestarted after an incident involving Pedercini. "I took my warm-up laptoo slow, my Q-tire was too cold and I crashed out at the first corner,but I'm OK," said Bostrom. "I feel quite happy after today's firstsession because the pace of the leaders is within reach. I'm sure I canmatch the time of Tamada but I also know that tomorrow he will go faster.After the last three races, I finally feel like I'm back racing againand the fact that I crashed but am still smiling shows it."

FRIDAY QUALIFYING:1. Tamada (Honda) 1:29.314;2. Edwards (Honda)1:29.454;3. Haga (Aprilia) 1:29.495;4. Izutsu (Kawasaki) 1:29.612;5. Hodgson (HM Plant Ducati) 1:29.690;6. Yoshikawa (Yamaha) 1:29.723;7. Bostrom (DUCATI L&M) 1:29.773;8. Bayliss (DUCATI INFOSTRADA)1:29.773;
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