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Jun 22, 2002

Bayliss, Edwards, Bostrom In Final World Superbike Qualifying

Copyright 2002, Roadracing World Publishing, Inc.<BR><BR>By Glenn LeSanto<BR><BR>Colin Edwards and Troy Bayliss fought over provisional pole under the burning Italian sun at Misano. The pair pushed each other harder and harder as the session wore on, but in the end it was again Bayliss who prevailed, holding onto provisional pole with a time of 1:34.420 compared to Edwards' best effort of 1:34.561.<BR><BR>Ben Bostrom was also up there on the timesheet but couldn't match the lead duo. He finished the session third on 1:34.669, just ahead of Neil Hodgson who made a late charge into fourth.<BR><BR>The provisional second row features Pierfrancesco Chili, Noriyuki Haga, Ruben Xaus and James Toseland. Steve Martin was just edged off the second row by Toseland in the closing stages.<BR>Martin's first Pirelli rider, qualifying for this afternoon's Superpole in ninth. <BR><BR>The grid will be final decided in the heat of Superpole at 4:00 p.m. this afternoon.<BR><BR>World Superbike <BR>Misano, San Marino <BR>Combined qualifying times<BR><BR>1. Troy Bayliss, Ducati 998F02, 1:34.420<BR>2. Colin Edwards, Honda RC51, 1:34.561<BR>3. Ben Bostrom, Ducati 998F02, 1:34.669<BR>4. Neil Hodgson, Ducati 998F01,1:34.717<BR>5. Pierfrancesco Chili,Ducati 998RS, 1:34.802<BR>6. Noriyuki Haga, Aprilia RSV1000, 1:35.110<BR>7. Ruben Xaus, Ducati 998F02, 1:35.390<BR>8. James Toseland, Ducati 998F01, 1:35.464<BR>9. Steve Martin, Ducati 998RS,1:35.641<BR>10. Lucio Pedercini, Ducati 998RS, 1:35.689<BR>11. Marco Borciani, Ducati 998RS, 1:35.767<BR>12. Chris Walker, Kawasaki ZX-7RR, 1:36.144<BR>13. Gregorio Lavilla, Suzuki GSX-R750, 1:36.210<BR>14. Juan Borja, Ducati 998RS, 1:36.276<BR>15. Mauro Sanchini, Kawasaki ZX-7RR, 1:36.963<BR>16. Alessandro Antonello, Ducati 998RS, 1:36.995<BR>17. Serafino Foti, Ducati 996RS, 1:37.016<BR>18. Broc Parkes, Ducati 998RS, 1:37.273<BR>19. Peter Goddard, Benelli Tornado 900,1:37.296<BR>20. Ivan Clementi, Kawasaki ZX-7RR, 1:37.774<BR>21. Hitoyasu Izutsu, Kawasaki ZX-7RR, 1:37.811<BR>22. Michele Malatesta, Ducati 996RS, 1:38.746<BR>23. Alessandro Valia, Ducati 996RS, 1:38.855<BR>24. Mark Heckles, Honda RC51, 1:39.069<BR>25. Bertrand Stey, Honda RC51, 1:39.123<BR>26. Paolo Blora, Ducati 996RS, 1:39.322<BR>27. Giuliano Sartoni, Ducati 996RS, 1:40.153<BR>28. Marjan Malec, Ducati 996RS, 1:40.883<BR>NQ. Jiri Mrkyvka, Ducati 996RS, 1:41.065<BR>NQ. Yann Gyger,Honda RC51, 1:41.229<BR>NQ. Cristian Caliumi, Ducati 996RS, 1:42.055<BR><BR><BR>