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Qualifying Report AMA Chevy Trucks Superbike Round 2
Date April 5, 2002
Circuit Fontana International Speedway, California

Cold winds brought temperatures way down to the 60s for the first qualifying
session of the AMA Superbike’s second round at Fontana Speedway. HMC Ducati
rider Doug Chandler finished the session in eighth position; his first day
riding on the California circuit. Chandler was one of the few riders who
didn’t test here pre-season.

“It’s not bad for the first day”, said Chandler. “The track’s not as easy to
learn as I expected. The last half is okay but the first half has some
difficult corners, they’re not blind but I can’t see the apex of the corner.
Of course this will improve with more laps. I chased Yates to try and learn
his lines and let Anthony [Gobert] by to take a look at his lines but ran
out of time. Tomorrow I’ll fall in with a couple of the guys and see what I
can learn.

“The bike feels good but there are changes we need to make. These will be
easier once I get up to speed. We’re going to have to push tomorrow in the
practice session before the race.”

Doug’s long time crew chief, Gary Medley, is happy with Doug’s performance
today and had nothing but praise for the rider, team and bike.
“Everything’s going good,” smiled Medley. “Doug is doing fantastic for the
first time here. We have a few corners to sort out and a few slight changes
to make, but I know we’ll be ready for tomorrow’s race. We made very few
adjustments to the bike today, but that may change tomorrow as Doug gets
faster.”

The weather forecast is for warmer weather for tomorrow’s final qualifying
and first race.


Qualifying results
1 Anthony Gobert YAM 749 1’25.250
2 Aaron Yates SUZ 750 1’25.628
3 Nicky Hayden HON 999 1’26.007
4 Mathew Mladin SUZ 750 1’26.127
5 Kurtis Roberts HON 999 126.141
6 Eric Bostrom KAW 750 1’26.465
7 Jamie Hacking SUZ 750 1’25.659
8 DOUG CHANDLER DUC 998 1’27.174
9 Miguel Duhamel HON 1000 1’27.423
10 Pascal Picotte DUC 998 1’27.631

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