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May 12, 2001

Suzuki GSX-R1000 Riders Take Top Seven Places In Final Superstock Qualifying At Monza

By Glenn LeSanto<BR> <BR>Local riders dominated qualifying for the European Superstock Series race being held in conjunction with the World Superbike and World Supersport races at Monza, with three Italians lining up at the front of the pack for tomorrow's race. And it's not only the Italians that are ruling the series this weekend, the top seven bikes are all Suzukis! The new GSX-R1000 is proving to be the bike to have in this championship where very little modification is allowed.<BR> <BR>Pole position man Tortoroglio recorded a stunning top speed of 292 kph, or 182 mph, on his way to a fastest lap of 1:53.287 seconds on his GSX-R1000. Reigning Champion Ellison qualified fourth.<BR> <BR>European Superstocks, Monza, Italy.<BR>Final Qualifying Times <BR> <BR>1. Tortoroglio, Italy, Suzuki, 1:53.287 <BR>2. Romanelli, Italy, Suzuki, 1:54.426 <BR>3. Wegscheider, Italy, Suzuki, 1:54.636 <BR>4. Ellison, GB, Suzuki, 1:54.722 <BR>5. Jerzenbeck, Germany, Suzuki 1:55.179