Robert Jensen took full advantage of Jeff Wood's absence and set three track records during ASRA Pro qualifying.
First to fall was the SuperStock record, set last year by Mike Smith on a Kawasaki 1000 at 1:43.437. Jensen wheeled his Suzuki 1000 around the 2.5 mile road course at Heartland Park-Topeka in fine fashion turning a 1:43.116 in the process. This time stood for the rest of the session earning Robert the pole point and pole position for the final.
The next record to fall was the year-old Superbike standard set by Jeff Wood on a Yamaha 600 of 1:44.923. Jensen changed machines and took off in pursuit of the pole position. In just 3 short laps, the record and the pole was his, as he set the time on his final lap at a 1:43.836.
ThunderBike qualifying saw Dave Estok set the pace early, but a shorted electrical system kept the machine from passing post-qualifying tech. This opened the door for Nate Kern on the BMW 1200 who turned a 1:49.619 to nip Walt Sipp for the pole position and the point that goes with it.
The final session of the morning were the Factory Pro SportBikes with Robert Jensen making his run for the final pole position. Jensen rolled out on his Yamaha 600 with two things on his mind, the pole position and the track record. Just 2 laps into the 4 he completed, Jensen set fast time with a 1:43.447, bettering Jeff Wood's 2007 record by 1.222 seconds, and securing all thee pole positions for the final events.
For complete qualifiying results, click here.