Bostrom Brothers Dominate Friday Qualifying

Glenn le santo
by Glenn le santo
Regular World Superbike rider Ben Bostrom recorded the fastest time inFriday's qualifying session at Laguna Seca, just beating his brother EricBostrom to the top spot.

Eric spent most of the session at the head of the time sheet but as the session drew to a close Ben Bostrom on the L&M Ducati pulled himself up to provisional pole. Then, with only a minute left on the clock, Eric Bostrom put his Kawasaki ZX-7R back in front - only to see his brother Ben put in a faster time on his very last lap.

Ben Bostrom finished just a few tenths of a second faster than his brother with a fastest lap of 1'25.248 compared to Eric's 1'25.556. The pair's lap times were half a second faster than the rest of the pack, with Ben's time being three quarters of a second faster than third place man Troy Bayliss.

Laguna Seca is used as a test track by Dunlop so it was no surprise to see two Dunlop riders on the top of the time sheet and a total of eight Dunlop users in the top ten.

Third fastest man Bayliss on the Infostrada Ducati had spent much of thesession languishing way down the order. But with the clock ticking down the final seconds he got out on the track to put himself onto the provisional front row with a lap at 1'26.075. Colin Edwards was fourth fastest on the Castrol Honda. Both Bayliss and Edwards run Michelin tyres. British rider Neil Hodgson (GSE Ducati) had spent most of the session on the provisional front row, only to be demoted down to fifth as the session drew to a close. Troy Corser, the subject of much speculation recently in the Italian press regarding his drop off in form recently, finished the session sixth fastest on the Axo Aprilia.

WSBK Laguna Seca First timed qualifying:
Best lap times:

1.Ben Bostrom, Ducati L&M, USA, 1'25.2482. Eric Bostrom, Kawasaki Motorsports, USA, 1'25.5563. Troy Bayliss, Ducati Infostrada, Aus, 1'26.0754. Colin Edwards, Castrol Honda, USA, 1'26.1125. Neil Hodgson, GSE Ducati, GBR, 1'26.1636. Troy Corser, Axo Aprilia, ITA, 1'26.2357. Doug Chandler, Kawasaki Motorsports, USA, 1'26.2878. Pierfrancesco Chili, Alstare Suzuki, ITA, 1'26.5389. Regis Laconi, Axo Aprilia, FRA, 1'26.60510. James Toseland, GSE Ducati, GBR, 1'26.612
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