Mercado Takes Second Consecutive SuperSport Pole
NEWS June 6, 2009
The 17-year-old Argentine, who was also quickest in both of Friday's practice sessions, posted a best lap of 2:24.157 (101.090 mph) in the 20-minute qualifying session to secure the pole. Mercado also started from pole last month at Infineon Raceway. He is currently 13 points behind SuperSport East leader Joey Pascarella, who is not competing this weekend at Road America due to injury, and is looking for his second SuperSport win in Sunday's race.
"Qualifying was good," Mercado said. "I could make a good lap. The bike was working awesome with different settings from yesterday. Everything is okay. Tomorrow, I hope the weather is good. I want to finish this race for points in the championship. I'm second and I want to finish this race on the podium."
Starting second will be Josh Day on the No. 4 Team E.S.P. Yamaha YZF-R6 following a best qualifying lap at 2:26.227 (99.659 mph). Day has started from the front row in every SuperSport race in which he has competed this season, but is still looking for his first win.
"It should be a good race, but we've got a long way to go compared to what everybody's practice times were from yesterday," Day said. "I think we're a second-and-a-half or two seconds off, but I think we got it in there. The Evans Steele Performance guys are really working hard over there and just trying to do everything they can. We'll go out there tomorrow and hopefully get a good start and try and stay up front."
Ricky Parker, who won at Infineon Raceway, will start third on the No. 96 Graves Motorsports Yamaha YZF-R6 at 2:26.289 (99.617 mph). Russ Wikle completes the front row on the No. 5 Roadracingworld.com Suzuki GSX-R600. Wikle's best qualifying lap was a 2:26.596 (99.408 mph).
The 10-lap (40-mile) SuperSport race concludes the race weekend at the Suzuki Superbike Doubleheader. It goes off from a standing start at 4:00 p.m. local time on Sunday afternoon.
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