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Sep 8, 2001

Acree, Barnes And Wood Lead Formula USA Qualifying At Portland

By David Swarts

Lockhart-Phillips USA Unlimited Superbike Qualifying Times:
1. Lee Acree, Suz GSX-R750, 1:07.755
2. Michael Barnes, Suz GSX-R750, 1:07.853
3. Brian Parriott, Suz GSX-R750, 1:07.864
4. Shawn Higbee, Suz GSX-R750, 1:07.880
5. Grant Lopez, Suz GSX-R750, 1:08.287
6. Craig Connell, Duc 996, 1:08.348
7. Ty Howard, Kaw ZX-9R, 1:08.455
8. Alan Schmidt, Suz GSX-R750, 1:08.464
9. Eric Wood, Suz GSX-R750, 1:08.566
10. Ken Chase, Suz GSX-R750, 1:08.824
11. Tray Batey, Apr RSV1000R, 1:08.909
12. Michael Himmelsbach, Apr RSV1000R, 1:09.140
13. John Haner, Kaw ZX-9R, 1:09.534
14. John Dugan, Suz GSX-R750, 1:09.609
15. Greg Leffler, Suz GSX-R750, 1:09.680
16. Michael Fitzpatrick, Suz GSX-R750, 1:09.976
17. Mike Sullivan, Yam YZF-R1, 1:09.981
18. Josh Bryan, Suz GSX-R, 1:09.998
19. Marc Palazzo, Hon CBR929RR, 1:10.202
20. Aaron Clark, Apr RSV1000R, 1:10.450

Lee Acree turned four laps in Unlimited Superbike qualifying, won pole with a new Formula USA lap record of 1:07.755, then crashed unhurt in turn four on his fifth lap. The old lap record, set by Acree in 2000, was 1:07.835. Acree's time held up and his bike passed the post-qualifying dyno and weight checks despite light crash damage.

Hooters Suzuki's Mike Ciccotto posted the second-fastest qualifying time but his Suzuki GSX-R750 registered 145.4 horsepower, 0.4 horsepower over the limit, in post-qualifying dyno checks. Ciccotto will have to start from the back of the grid on Sunday.

Pro Sportbike Final Qualifying Times:
1. Michael Barnes, Suz GSX-R600, 1:08.910
2. Lee Acree, Suz GSX-R600, 1:09.020
3. Ty Howard, Yam YZF-R6, 1:09.382
4. Paul Harrell, Yam YZF-R6, 1:09.397
5. Mike Ciccotto, Suz GSX-R600, 1:09.447
6. Brian Parriott, Suz GSX-R600, 1:09.539
7. Clint McBain, Suz GSX-R600, 1:09.780
8. Shan Ball, Suz GSX-R600, 1:10.308
9. Shawn Conrad, Suz GSX-R600, 1:10.322
10. Stoney Landers, Suz GSX-R600, 1:10.424
11. Matthew Zurbuchen, Yam YZF-R6, 1:10.683
12. Eric Wood, Suz GSX-R600, 1:10.794
13. Mike Sullivan, Yam YZF-R6, 1:11.051
14. Marc Palazzo, Hon CBR600F4, 1:11.175
15. Brett Champagne, Suz GSX-R600, 1:11.390

In Sportbike qualifying, Hooters Suzuki-sponsored Michael Barnes' 1:08.910 beat Brian Parriott's 2000 lap record of 1:09.621. In total, six riders, including Parriott, were under the old mark, due at least in part to the new 112.0 horsepower limit. Tenth-fastest qualifier Alan Schmidt and 18th-fastest qualifier Stuart Stratton were spot-checked by Formula USA on weight and dyno, and both were disqualified for being over the 112.0 horsepower limit. Stratton recorded 112.1 horsepower, and Schmidt dynoed at 112.5 horsepower. Both Stratton and Schmidt will have to start Sunday's Pro Sportbike race from the back of the grid.

Buell Lightning Series Qualifying Times (All on Buell 1200s):
1. Michael Barnes, 1:13.172
2. Richie Morris, 1:14.387
3. Jeff Johnson, 1:15.032
4. Bryan Bemisderfer, 1:15.089
5. Tripp Nobles, 1:15.113
6. Jason Smith, 1:15.190
7. Daniel Bilansky, 1:15.307
8. Jeff Vermeulen, 1:15.324
9. Steve Luxem, 1:15.988
10. Brian Bodine, 1:16.900

Buell qualifying gave Innovative Motorcycle Research's Michael Barnes his second pole position and second new lap record of the day. Barnes went 1:13.172 on his Rich Cronrath-tuned Buell to better Shawn Higbee's 2000 record of 1:13.800.

Aprilia Cup Challenge Qualifying Times (All on Aprilia RS250s):
1. Jeff Wood, 1:15.540
2. Shannon Silva, 1:16.682
3. Dan Fischer, 1:16.837
4. Joshua Sortor, 1:17.170
5. Thad Halsmer, 1:17.659
6. John Lemak, 1:18.512
7. Brent Prindle, 1:24.133

Penguin Racing Schools' Jeff Wood went faster than the Portland Aprilia Cup lap record in Thursday's second practice and, due to a headwind on the front straightaway, actually went slower in qualifying Saturday. Wood's fastest qualifying lap was still faster than the old record mark of 1:15.885 held by Clayton Chapman.

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