Final Times From Daytona Tire Test

Sean Alexander
by Sean Alexander
Ladies and Gentlemen; Please keep your eyes on the GSX-R1000 at all times! Ben Bostrom narrowly (.1 sec) avoided being bitten by the Mladin Express.

On a slippery "green" track Bostrom on a Superbike RC-51 and Mladin on a new 1000cc rules GSX-R1000 both dipped into the 1:48s Thursday to set the two fastest times of the rain shortened Dunlop Daytona Tire Tests. In the hotly contested 600 class, Kurtis Roberts moved to the top of the Supersport charts Thursday morning, with a blazing 1:52.5


Combined Fastest Superbike Times

1.) B. Bostrom, Honda RC51, 01:48.7

2.) M. Mladin, Suzuki GSXR1000, 01:48.8

3.) Anthony Gobert, Ducati 998RS, 01:49.3

4.) E. Bostrom, Kawasaki ZX-7R, 01:49.5

5.) K. Roberts, Honda RC51, 01:49.6

6.) B. Spies, Suzuki GSXR1000, 01:49.9

7.) A. Yates, Suzuki GSXR1000, 01:50.3

8.) J. Pridmore, Suzuki GSXR1000, 01:50.4

9.) G. Kamada, Honda RC51, 01:51.6

10.) J. Hayes, Suzuki GSXR750, 01:52.6

11.) M. Craggill, Honda CBR954RR, 01:53.5


Combined Fastest 600 Supersport Times

1.) K. Roberts, Honda CBR600RR, 01:52.5

2.) Aaron Gobert, Yamaha YZF-R6, 01:53.0

3.) J. Disalvo, Yamaha YZF-R6, 01:53.0

4.) J. Zemke, Honda CBR600RR, 01:53.2

5.) M. DuHamel, Honda CBR600RR, 01:53.3

6.) T. Hayden, Kawasaki ZX-6RR, 01:53.4

7.) J. Hacking, Yamaha YZF-R6, 01:53.4

8.) Alex Gobert, Honda CBR600RR, 01:53.9

9.) D. Buckmaster, Yamaha YZF-R6, 01:54.1

10.) B. Spies, Suzuki GSX-R600, 1:54.8

11.) R.L. Hayden, Honda CBR600RR, 01:55.3

12.) B. Bostrom, Honda CBR600RR, 01:55.6

13.) T. Meiring, Kawasaki ZX-6RR, 01:56.7

14.) E. Bostrom, Kawasaki ZX-6RR, 01:56.7

15.) M. Craggill, Honda CBR600RR, 01:58.1


Look for times to improve significantly in Qualifying next March as long as the temperatures are warmer and there’s more rubber on the track. (Think low 1:47 - high 1:46 Superbike pole and high 1:51 Supersport pole) The bikes are faster this year and the track is over 1 sec faster due to a re-configured chicane, leading into NASCAR turn 3.

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