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DiSalvo Obliterates DIS Lap Record
new yorker on pole for supersport race

by evan williams
Thursday, March 04, 2004

Pos. Rider Team Bike Time

1 Jason DiSalvo Yamaha Yamaha YZF-R6 1:50.998
2 Tommy Hayden Kawasaki Kawasaki ZX6-RR 1:51.297
3 Roger Lee Hayden Kawasaki Kawasaki ZX6-RR 1:52.236
4 Aaron Gobert Yamaha Yamaha YZF-R6 1:52.434
5 Damon Buckmaster Yamaha Yamaha YZF-R6 1:52.492
6 Jamie Hacking Yamaha Yamaha YZF-R6 1:52.547
7 Ben Spies American Suzuki Suzuki GSX-R600 1:52.764
8 Mike Barnes Yamaha Yamaha YZF-R6 1:52.909
9 Aaron Yates American Suzuki Suzuki GSX-R600 1:53.2711
10 Steve Rapp Valvoline Emgo Suzuki Suzuki GSX-R600 1:53.497
11 Scott Greenwood 1:54.046
12 Tony Meiring Attack Kawasaki Kawasaki ZX6-RR 1:54.451

Jason Disalvo obliterated the lap record in qualifying for the Pro Honda Oils 600 Supersport final scheduled to run before Saturday's Daytona 200 superbike race with a stunning lap time of 1:50.998. The Yamaha rider bettered the old lap record of 1:52.785 by Miguel DuHamel (Honda) by nearly two seconds.

"We were looking at 49's!" joked Disalvo. "To be the first 600 in the 50's is such a rush. It's always been my dreamn to be on pole at Daytona, and now I actually am."

The session started under sunny skies and mid-70 degree temperature. Tommy Hayden (Kawasaki) was fastest first time around with a time of 1:53.067. However, the session was red flagged quickly after Jason Perez (Yamaha) fell in Turn 1, and Pascal Picotte (Yamaha) fell in the International Horseshoe. Picotte, a double champion in Canada in the 600 Supersport and Superbike classes, heavily damaged his motorcycle, including puncturing the gas tank.

Qualifying resumed after a 22 minute delay. Yamaha riders Damon Buckmaster and Aaron Gobert went under the DuHamel record within two laps with times of 1:52.810 and 1:52.924, respectively. Shortly afterward fellow Yamaha rider Jamie Hacking went third fastest at 1:52.810, followed by another Yamaha teamster, Jason Disalvo.

Hacking jumped to the top of the order of the following lap with the a time of 1:52.547. But the all Yamaha riders were demoted when Tommy Hayden leaped ahead with a time of 1:52.034 with ten minutes to go.

Three minutes later the announcers were shouting the news of the first sub-52 time ever in the 600 Supersport class when Disalvo clocked a time of 1:51.847. Meanwhile Roger Lee Hayden (Kawasaki) nudged up next to older brother Tommy with a third overall best time of 1:52.236.

Two minutes later the announcers were screaming the news of the first sub-51 time ever when Disalvo shrieked through start/finish with a time of 1:50.998. "I think I might have had a tiny draft off a backmarker. I just nipped down for a second to try and grab anything I could."

Tommy Hayden whipped his Kawasaki around with a time of 1:51.297, nearly a second better than brother Rog. But neither Hayden nor any other rider came close to touching Disalvo's outstanding time in the remaining minutes of the session.

"When the race comes (qualifying) won't make a difference, everyone is going to be in the same pack and we'll sort out the lead then," said Aaron Gobert, fourth fastest despite falling in morning practice.
 

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It should be a good race ! :dunno :beer :rock :thumbup
 

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Hopefully it's as good a race as today's Superstock. I'm surprised to see the new Zook's qualify so poorly. Wait a sec...no I'm not.:beer
 

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Yeah..... Look at all the R6s in the top 8
 

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