600 SuperSport Qualifying

Erion Racingӳ Kurtis Roberts set a new track record of one minute, 54.147 seconds today on the very last lap of his qualifying session to earn the pole position for tomorrowӳ Pro Honda Oils 600 SuperSport International Challenge final.

After coming in for a rear tire change on his CBR600F4, Roberts jogged up pit row and conferred quickly with competitor Eric Bostrom. When the two then took off from the pits together with only a few minutes left in their session, it was evident that they intended to work together for quicker times.

ԗe were talking about it, actually, during the winter about working together here,ԠRoberts confided. Ԉe came up to me in my pit garage right before our qualifying session and asked if I wanted to work with him because he said he could easily do some :54s around here. I had been in the :54s already today in the 750 SuperSport session. I think IӶe got the fastest motorcycle around here today and definitely tomorrow. Now itӳ just a matter of keeping the thing up.

ԅric and I, we both messed up on that final lapشhatӳ the funny thing about it; it didnӴ feel fast. I honestly believe :53s can easily be done around here.Ԡ

Bostrom ended up second fastest at 1:54.431 so both he and Roberts were under the previous record of 1:54.660 set last year by Rich Oliver.

Team Hondaӳ Nicky Hayden tried to set up a similar situation with teammate Miguel Duhamel in the second qualifying session that immediately followed, but Duhamel needed a bit more time in the pits so Hayden opted to go it alone. Even without a partner to draft with, Hayden kept clicking off faster laps, eventually turning a 1:54.731 on the last lap of the session, the only other racer to get under 1:55. ԉ did a decent time, I guessةf I couldӶe got a tow, maybe I couldӶe gone a little better, but weӲe on the front row. IӬl take it,Ԡthe 18-year-old Kentucky native said.

Doug Chandler qualified fourth fastest at 1:55.045, earning the final spot on the front row for tomorrowӳ 18-lap, 100-kilometer final. Last yearӳ 600 class winner, Miguel Duhamel, was fifth fastest at 1:55.249, despite a suspected pinched nerve in his neck suffered during yesterdayӳ practice when the wind caught his head while sneaking a peek back. Duhamel underwent chiropractic adjustments last night and this morning to try to reduce pain and regain movement, and he also resorted to a neck brace taped to his leathers for 600 qualifying. Erion Racingӳ Josh Hayes turned a 1:55.294, the sixth-fastest time.

Including pole position for this yearӳ race, Honda CBR600F4s filled four of the top six qualifying positions.

Daytona 600 SuperSport, Top Qualifiers

1. Kurtis Roberts؈ondaױ:54.147