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Jun 2, 2002

HMC Ducati's Qualifying Report From Pikes Peak

From a HMC Ducati press release:<BR><BR>Qualifying Report: AMA Chevy Trucks Superbike Round 5<BR> <BR>Date: June 1, 2002<BR> <BR>Circuit: Pikes Peak Raceway, Colorado<BR><BR>HMC Ducati rider Doug Chandler completed today's final qualifying session in seventh position, setting his fastest time on race tires, choosing not to run a hot lap on a qualifier. The Californian is still recovering from injuries sustained in a crash during last round's qualifying session at Road Atlanta and admits he is having some difficulties with muscle tightness, which is restricting his movement on the bike.<BR><BR>The scorching heat, that has been ever present this race weekend, was replaced by high winds, towards the end of the today's qualifying session, catching the riders as they entered turn two. The heat will return for tomorrow with predicted temperatures in the 90s.<BR><BR>"I thought we did well considering we didn't use a qualifier and I'm not 100%," smiled Chandler. "There's more discomfort than pain but it's still slowing my movement on the bike, which is important at this track. Yesterday was spent getting me comfortable on the bike after the crash and today we focused on bike set-up. We're still not completely there but we have time tomorrow morning to try a few things and get the bike ready for the race. <BR><BR>"I really thought we had a good chance of finishing on the front row but tomorrow's a long race and the times seem fairly close (0.64 seconds between seventh and pole). It should be competitive for the first part, until we get into the traffic. Hopefully we'll have our game plan worked out early enough."