Dec 6, 2001
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From a press release:<BR><BR>WORLD SUPERBIKE CHAMPIONSHIP<BR>Testing – Kyalami (South Africa) – Day 3<BR>Thursday 6th December 2001<BR><BR>BOSTROM (DUCATI L&M) CONCLUDES POSITIVE THREE-DAY TEST IN SOUTH AFRICA<BR><BR>Ducati L&M's Ben Bostrom has concluded a three-day official Dunlop tyre test at the Kyalami circuit near Johannesburg, South Africa, the venue for the third round of the 2002 World Superbike Championship.<BR><BR>The 27-year-old Californian, winner in Kyalami at the start of this year, tested from Tuesday to Thursday at the 4.263 km circuit, recording a quickest time of 1:42.14 on the first day.<BR><BR>Bostrom, third overall in this year's championship, was testing the brand-new Ducati 996R Factory '02 bike and completed 45 laps today, recording a best time of 1:42.48 and taking his three-day total up to 168 laps.<BR><BR>Conditions on the final day were scorching hot, with temperatures up to 34° C (air) and 48° C (track), but rain began to fall at around 3:00 pm, bringing the test to an end.<BR><BR>"After we finished our tyre programme, we wanted to do something with the set-up, but it started to rain and we had to stop early today", said Bostrom. "The three-day test went really well and we learnt a lot for the race here in April. The tyre we found was great, much better than the one we ran last year, when I won, so things are looking good. I'm really happy with the new bike and with the time I recorded on Tuesday, but I wanted to do my fastest lap on a Q-tyre and we never really had a chance to run one. As for my shoulder, I still feel a bit tired and sore after doing more than 150 laps in three days but it was great to get back on the bike for the first time since my operation".<BR><BR>Bostrom immediately left South Africa for Bologna, Italy, where he is scheduled to ride a KTM motocross bike in this weekend's spectacular Superbikers race.