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May 25, 2002

Colin Edwards Leads World Superbike Qualifying At Silverstone, Ben Bostrom 9th, Eric Bostrom 17th

Copyright 2002, Roadracing World Publishing, Inc.<BR><BR>By Glenn LeSanto<BR><BR>Wet and dry qualifying leaves Edwards on pole. <BR><BR>Colin Edwards has taken provisional pole after a difficult qualifying session held half in the dry and half in torrential rain. Edwards got straight down to work with qualifying tires as soon as the session started, rather than risking waiting. His gamble paid off as the rain soon came and because the session had been announced as wet in advance, qualifying continued despite the rain. The Texan beat the weather, recording his fastest lap on only his third flying lap of the Silverstone circuit. His time of 1:48.913 was enough to secure pole, he only lapped a total of six times in the session. <BR><BR>Edwards demoted yesterday's pole sitter and local hero Neil Hodgson to fourth. Hodgson did more laps, staying out in the rain to perfect his wet set-up. But his fastest dry lap of 1:50.100 was enough to get him on the provisional front row in fourth. <BR><BR>Troy Bayliss recovered from his crash during Friday's qualifying to leap up the ladder to provisional second on the grid. His teammate Ruben Xaus continued his return to form by qualifying third. <BR><BR>America's Eric Bostrom managed to make the most of the dry session, getting himself inside the 107% of fastest time cut-off to qualify 17th on his factory Kawasaki. His brother Ben Bostrom is provisionally ninth on the grid. <BR><BR>The second row features no less than three British riders, with Michael Rutter fifth, Steve Hislop sixth and Chris Walker seventh. Noriyuki Haga took the final provisional second-row place, in eighth. <BR><BR>Saturday's Qualifying Times:<BR><BR>1. Colin Edwards, Honda RC51, 1:48.913<BR>2. Troy Bayliss, Ducati 998F02, 1:49.469<BR>3. Ruben Xaus, Ducati F02, 1:49.977<BR>4. Neil Hodgson, Ducati 998F01, 1:50.100<BR>5. Michael Rutter, Ducati 998RS, 1:50.104<BR>6. Steve Hislop, Ducati 998RS, 1:50.138<BR>7. Chris Walker, Kawasaki ZX-7RR, 1:50.573<BR>8. Noriyuki Haga, Aprilia RSV1000, 1:50.676<BR>9. Ben Bostrom, Ducati 998F02, 1:50.749<BR>10. James Toseland, Ducati 998F01, 1:50.836<BR>11. Pierfrancesco Chili, Ducati 998RS, 1:51.303<BR>12. Lucio Pedercini, Ducati 998RS, 1:51.526<BR>13. Gregorio Lavilla, Suzuki GSX-R750, 1:51.762<BR>14. Glen Richards, Kawasaki ZX-7RR, 1:51.904<BR>15. Steve Martin, Ducati 998RS, 1:52.021<BR>16. Shane Byrne, Ducati 998RS, 1:52.143<BR>17. Eric Bostrom, Kawasaki ZX-7RR, 1:52.266<BR>18. Dean Ellison, Ducati 996RS, 1:52.541<BR>19. Juan Borja, Ducati 998RS, 1:52.578<BR>20. Mauro Sanchini, Kawasaki ZX-7RR, 1:52.616<BR>21. Marco Borciani, Ducati 998RS, 1:52.890<BR>22. Serafino Foti, Ducati 996RS, 1:53.405<BR>23. Peter Goddard, Benelli Tornado 900, 1:53.509<BR>24. Ivan Clementi, Kawasaki ZX-7RR, 1:53.753<BR>25. Alessandro Antonello, Ducati 998RS, 1:53.908<BR>26. Broc Parkes, Ducati 998RS, 1:54.249<BR>27. Mark Heckles, Honda RC51, 1:54.370<BR>28. Jiri Mrkyvka, Ducati 996RS, 1:55.529<BR>DNQ, Yann Gyger, Honda RC51, 2:06.628<BR>DNQ, Bertrand Stey, Honda RC51, 2:21.107