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May 11, 2002

Edwards Fastest In Wet Saturday Qualifying At Monza

Copyright 2002, Roadracing World Publishing, Inc.<BR><BR>Edwards masters the wet at Monza<BR><BR>By Glenn LeSanto<BR><BR>Colin Edwards on the Castrol Honda VTR looked smooth and in control in wet conditions at Monza for the final Superbike qualifying.<BR><BR>With the track wet from an earlier rain shower and light drizzle continuing to fall during the session, no riders could better Neil Hodgson's pole time set on Friday in the dry.<BR><BR>Troy Bayliss was second fastest in the wet on his Infostrada Ducati, with Chili a surprise third, despite still nursing his shoulder injury from Kyalami. Chris Walker took fourth fastest in front of his former British Superbike rival Hodgson.<BR><BR>Benefiting from the wet conditions was Peter Goddard on the Benelli Tornado who finished the wet session in eighth, behind Haga, sixth and<BR>Xaus, seventh.<BR><BR>The weather is forecast to be changeable for the rest of the weekend, if Superpole is wet, the riders have 50 minutes to complete a maximum of<BR>twelve laps with the fastest deciding their grid position. Because Xaus was unable to improve on his time from Friday, he didn't make Superpole.<BR><BR>World Superbike<BR>Monza<BR>Second qualifying session<BR><BR>1. C.Edwards, USA, Honda, 1:56.394<BR>2. T.Bayliss, AUS, Ducati, 1:56.426<BR>3. P.Chili, ITA, Ducati, 1:56.696<BR>4. C.Walker, GBR, Kawasaki, 1:56.717<BR>5. N.Hodgson, GBR, Ducati, 1:57.401<BR>6. N.Haga, JPN, Aprilia, 1:58.533<BR>7. R.Xaus, ESP, Ducati, 1'59.135<BR>8. P.Goddard, AUS, Benelli, 2:00.055<BR>9. J.Toseland, GBR, Ducati, 2:00.561<BR>10. B.Bostrom, USA, Ducati, 2:00.981<BR><BR>Superpole entry list (Friday's qualifying times)<BR>1. N.Hodgson, GBR, Ducati, 1:48.282<BR>2. C.Edwards, USA, Honda, 1:48.612<BR>3. T.Bayliss, AUS, Ducati, 1:49.036<BR>4. B.Bostrom, USA, Ducati, 1:49.052<BR>5. P.Chili, ITA, Ducati, 1:49.082<BR>6. J.Toseland, GBR, 1:49.335<BR>7. C.Walker, GBR, Kawasaki, 1:49.671<BR>8. G.Lavilla, ESP, Suzuki, 1:49.923<BR>9. M.Borciani, ITA, Ducati, 1:50.127<BR>10. E.Bostrom, USA, Kawasaki, 1:50.175<BR>11. N.Haga, JPN, Aprilia, 1:50.271<BR>12. J.Borja, ESP, Ducati, 1:50.279<BR>13. S.Martin, AUS, Ducati, 1:50.434<BR>14. L.Pedercini, ITA, Ducati, 1:50.459<BR>15. A.Antonello, ITA, Ducati, 1:50.737<BR>16. B.Parkes, AUS, Ducati, 1:50.737