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Oct 27, 2001

Montano On Pole For AMA Pro Thunder Finale At Road Atlanta

Copyright 2001, Roadracing World Publishing, Inc.<BR><BR>Buell Pro Thunder Qualifying Times:<BR><BR>1. Thomas Montano, Ducati 748, 1:29.862<BR>2. Mike Ciccotto, Buell 1200, 1:29.976<BR>3. Michael Barnes, Buell 1200, 1:31.138<BR>4. Dave Estok, Buell 1200, 1:32.477<BR>5. Shawn Higbee, Buell Firebolt, 1:32.978<BR>6. Jeff Vermeulen, Buell 1200, 1:34.917<BR>7. Jeff Wood, Suzuki SV650, 1:35.260<BR>8. John Jacobi, Buell 1200, 1:35.310<BR>9. Tripp Nobles, Buell 1200, 1:36.440<BR>10. Bud Lawter, Suzuki SV650, 1:36.486<BR><BR>Higbee set his fastest time on the new Buell XB-9R Firebolt before it suffered an electrical short. Higbee continued on in the session on a current-model Buell 1200 racer.<BR><BR>Tripp Nobles' Buell also experienced an electrical short which limited him to two, less-than-ideal flying laps.<BR><BR>Jeff Wood crashed his Suzuki Cup-spec SV650 without injury shortly after setting the seventh-fastest time.