May 25, 2001
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By Glenn LeSanto<BR><BR>Colin Edwards fell early in qualifying and watched Scotsman Steve Hislop set the fastest time in Friday's World Superbike qualifying session at Donington Park.<BR><BR>World Superbike regular, and reigning British Superbike champion, Neil Hodgson was second fastest, ahead of Ducati Infostrada's Ruben Xaus. <BR><BR>Troy Bayliss was another faller in the session. <BR><BR>Hodgson set his fastest lap with just a minute in the session left, having gone out for a fast lap with qualifying tires fitted.<BR><BR>Hodgson's GSE Ducati teammate James Toseland also made a good showing at his local circuit, finishing the session in fifth, ahead of Okada, Bostrom and Chili.<BR><BR>Troy Corser was ninth-fastest ahead of Edwards, who re-entered the session but could only manage 10th-fastest on his spare bike.<BR><BR>World Superbike Championship<BR>Donington, England<BR>Friday Qualifying<BR><BR>1. Steve Hislop, GB, Ducati 1:33.502<BR>2. Neil Hodgson, GB, Ducati 1:33.573<BR>3. Ruben Xaus, Spain, Ducati 1:33.838<BR>4. Troy Bayliss, Australia, Ducati 1:33.949<BR>5. James Toseland, GB, Ducati 1:334.067<BR>6. Tady Okada, Japan, Honda 1:34.071<BR>7. Ben Bostrom, USA, Ducati 1:34.146<BR>8. Pierfrancesco Chili,Italy, Suzuki 1:34.377<BR>9. Troy Corser, Australia, Aprilia 1:34.522<BR>10. Colin Edwards, USA, Honda 1:34.536