Spies Takes Pole In 750cc Supersport Qualifying Despite Broken Hand

Spies Takes Pole In 750cc Supersport Qualifying Despite Broken Hand

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Team Valvoline EMGO Suzuki’s Ben Spies, 16, demolished the AMA 750cc Supersport Daytona lap record on his GSX-R750 with a 1:52.488 in qualifying for Friday’s final. Spies did his time on a DOT-labeled Michelin Pilot race-compound tire without the aid of anyone’s draft, and did it despite a broken left hand. The old lap record was set by Damon Buckmaster in 2000 at 1:53.914, giving Spies the new mark by some 1.4 seconds.

Corona EBSCO Suzuki’s Jimmy Moore mounted a Dunlop DOT-labeled qualifying tire in enough time to get one flying lap as the session closed. Moore gave his what he admitted was his best lap at 1:52.648, but fell just short of Spies’ time. Moore’s time will place him second on the grid for Friday’s 15-lap final.

Attack Suzuki’s Jason Pridmore recorded the third-fastest time with a Dunlop qualifying tires at 1:52.931 for third on the grid. Completing the front row will be Arclight Suzuki’s Lee Acree. Acree lapped the famed 3.56-mile road course at 1:53.100 on a Metzeler race tire, using the draft off teammate Brian Parriott and Hooters Suzuki’s Brian Gibbs.

The top times follow:

1. Ben Spies, 1:52.488
2. Jimmy Moore, 1:52.648
3. Jason Pridmore, 1:52.931
4. Lee Acree, 1:53.100
5. Brian Gibbs, 1:53.523
6. Brian Parriott, 1:53.666
7. Mike Ciccotto, 1:54.054
8. Rich Alexander, 1:54.105
9. Chris Ulrich, 1:54.192
10. Vince Haskovec, 1:54.692

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