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May 4, 2002

Buckmaster Fastest In AMA Formula Xtreme Qualifying At Sears Point

Copyright 2002, Roadracing World Publishing, Inc.

Damon Buckmaster pitted for a qualifying tire and then took his Graves Motorsports Yamaha YZF-R7/R1 to the top of the time charts in the final moments of Formula Xtreme qualifying at Sears Point on Saturday afternoon. Buckmaster turned a 1:33.505 at an average speed of 97.021 mph.

Valvoline EMGO Suzuki's Marty Craggill was fastest for most of the session, running race tires with a fastest lap of 1:33.925, 96.587 mph. Cragill ended up third fastest on his GSX-R1000.

Right at the end of the session young gun Ben Spies also took on a qualifying tire and blitzed off a 1:33.905, 96.609 mph for second-fastest on his Attack Suzuki GSX-R1000.

Jake Zemke was fourth-fastest on a Bruce Transportation Group Honda CBR9545RR, also on a qualifying tire, at 1:34.345.

Katja Poensgen, who got a call Tuesday to ride for Corona Extra Suzuki as a replacement for injured Steve Rapp, flew in from Germany on Wednesday, missed Thursday practice and first rolled a wheel on the track on Friday. In Formula Xtreme qualifying, she crashed her GSX-R1000 after bottoming out a footpeg and lifting the rear wheel off the ground in Turn Three. She was 32nd fastest in the session.

Times follow:

1. Damon Buckmaster, Yamaha YZF-R7/R1, 1:33.505
2. Ben Spies, Suzuki GSX-R1000, 1:33.905
3. Marty Craggill, Suzuki GSX-R1000, 1:33.925
4. Jake Zemke, Honda CBR9545RR, 1:34.345
5. Mike Hale, Honda CBR9545RR, 1:34.390
6. Tom Kipp, Suzuki GSX-R1000, 1:34.873
7. Alex Gobert, Honda CBR954RR, 1:34.972
8. Jason Pridmore, Suzuki GSX-R1000, 1:35.040
9. Dave Stanton, Suzuki GSX-R1000, 1:36.340
10. Lance Isaacs, Yamaha YZF-R1, 1:37.851
11. Vincent Haskovec, Suzuki GSX-R750, 1:38.098
12. James Compton, Suzuki GSX-R1000, 1:38.559
13. Robert Mesa, Suzuki GSX-R1000, 1:38.570
14. Jason Curtis, Yamaha YZF-R1, 1:38.858
15. Clint McBain, Suzuki GSX-R1000, 1:38.873
16. Jeff Bostrom, Suzuki GSX-R750, 1:39.269
17. Cory Call, Suzuki GSX-R1000, 1:39.646
18. John Wilson, Suzuki GSX-R1000, 1:40.06
19. Bob Siebenhaar, Honda CBR929RR, 1:40.028
20. Kevin Pate, Suzuki GSX-R750, 1:40.030
32. Katja Poensgen, Suzuki GSX-R1000, 1:42.192