DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Ben Bostrom put his Yamaha YZF-R6 on the pole for the 68th Daytona 200 By Honda on Thursday night at Daytona International Speedway.
“We’ve worked very hard and we intend to win this,” Bostrom said after turning the pole-winning lap of one minute, 50.240 seconds, 115.929 mph on the 3.51-mile course.
Bostrom, who was the last rider to take to the track during the new Superpole qualifying format, bested Buell rider Danny Eslick, who posted a lap of 1:50.352, 115.811 mph to take the outside pole.
For Bostrom, it’s his second career Daytona 200 By Honda pole.
The Daytona 200 By Honda, the season opening event to the AMA Pro Daytona SportBike class, is being held under the lights for the first time in event history on Friday night at 8 p.m.
“It should be a little more spectacular … bikes sliding around,” Bostrom said. “You just don’t know what’s going to happen.”
Taking second row honors is Team M4 Suzuk’s Jason DiSalvo and Attack Kawasaki’s Jamie Hacking.
AMA Pro American Superbike
Yoshimura Suzuki’s Mat Mladin continued Suzuk’s successes at Daytona by holding off Corona Honda’s Neil Hodgson and Yoshimura Suzuki teammate Tommy Hayden to win the AMA Pro American Superbike 15-lap season opener.
“Obviously its nice to get any win,” Mladin, rider of the No. 7 Rockstar/Makita Suzuki GSX-R1000, said. “It was nice to get one today for Suzuki and keep that Suzuki win streak alive.”
Yoshimura Suzuki has now won the past six Superbike season-opening events at DIS.
“I sort of tried to go at the start, I just couldn’t get down to the sort of lap times that I really thought I may be able to and the guys were close enough coming out of the chicane to be able to pull past,” said Mladin, who won the pole earlier in the day.
“Then at half way, there really wasn’t anything happening out there so I just thought I’d try and get back to the front and push as hard as I could and at least try and have a bit of a gap leading out of the chicane and I think that’s what happened.”
Hodgson nipped Hayden by .001 seconds for second place.
“I’m pleased with second,” Hodgson said. “It was really close obviously, as it always is.”
AMA Pro Supersport
While Russ Wikle and Joey Pascarella battled for the lead throughout the 12-lap AMA Pro Supersport event at DIS, Erion Racing’s Tyler Odom hung back in third and waited for his chance to strike.
With two laps remaining, Odom’s No. 47 Honda shot past both Wikle’s No. 5 Roadracingworld.com Suzuki and Pascarella’s No. 25 Yamaha to take the lead and held on to clinch the win by a margin of .311 seconds.
“Yeah, I had to make some aggressive passes,” said the 16-year-old Odom. “I hoped to catch them on the infield. I figured that if I could get around them for it, then I could pull enough bike lengths to not have to worry about trying to draft around them.”
Pascarella took runner-up honors and Wikle settled for third.
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