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MLADIN AND SPIES TOP DAYTONA QUALIFYING

March 9, 2006

Team Suzuki Press Office – March 9, 2006.

Yoshimura Suzuki’s Mat Mladin set pole position for Saturday’s opening AMA Superbike Championship race in Daytona, Florida today with team mate Ben Spies a close second.

Reigning Champion Mladin put in a time of 1:37.075 on his GSX-R1000 – a faster time than the six-time Champion did last year at the same event – with Spies less than half-a-second behind.

Third Yoshimura team rider Aaron Yates recorded the ninth fastest time and will lead the all-Suzuki third-row which includes Roberto Pietri, Eric Wood and Jake Holden.

Daytona AMA Superbike Qualifying (Thursday): 1 Mat Mladin (Yoshimura Suzuki) 1:37.075, 2 Ben Spies (Yoshimura Suzuki) 1:37.559, 3 Ben Bostrom (Ducati) 1:38.012, 4 Miguel Duhamel (Honda) 1:38.337, 5 Jake Zemke (Honda) 1:38.398, 6 Neil Hodgson (Ducati) 1:38.491, 7 Roger Lee Hayden (Kawasaki) 1:38.573, 8 Tommy Hayden (Kawasaki) 1:38.904, 9 Aaron Yates (Yoshimura Suzuki) 1:39.429, 10 Jake Holden (Suzuki) 1:40.470.

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