Jorge Lorenzo takes narrow pole at Brno

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Saturday 25th August, 2012 - 11:39pm

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Jorge Lorenzo

Yamaha Factory Racing’s Jorge Lorenzo has taken a narrow pole position during qualifying for the bwin Grand Prix České republiky at Brno.

Lorenzo’s time in the high 1.55s only marginally beat Monster Yamaha Tech 3’s Cal Crutchlow into second on the grid, despite the Brit crashing half way through the session.

For Crutchlow, who re-signed with the squad for another year today, this is his best MotoGP qualifying result to date.

Completing the front row is Repsol Honda’s Dani Pedrosa, whose session got off to a bad start after dropping his bike in the early stages.

Row two is headed by Lorenzo’s team-mate Ben Spies in fourth. The Texan held second in the dying stages of the session, only to be beaten by late laps from Crutchlow and Pedrosa.

In fifth, Tech 3’s Andrea Dovizioso was not able to beat his team-mate’s time, and also had to park his bike up on the side of the track at the end with a technical issue.

Ducati Team’s Valentino Rossi lines up in sixth place, recording his best qualifying result since joining the Italian outfit last year.

Local LCR Honda MotoGP’s Stefan Bradl will start seventh from San Carlo Honda Gresini’s Álvaro Bautista, Cardion AB Racing’s Karel Abraham, and Power Electronics Aspar’s Randy de Puniet.

Qualifying, MotoGP

Pos. Num. Rider Nation Team Bike Km/h Time Gap 1st/Prev.
1 99 Jorge LORENZO SPA Yamaha Factory Racing Yamaha 306.8 1’55.799
2 35 Cal CRUTCHLOW GBR Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 303.3 1’55.995 0.196 / 0.196
3 26 Dani PEDROSA SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda 309.9 1’56.327 0.528 / 0.332
4 11 Ben SPIES USA Yamaha Factory Racing Yamaha 305.6 1’56.331 0.532 / 0.004
5 4 Andrea DOVIZIOSO ITA Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 307.5 1’56.559 0.760 / 0.228
6 46 Valentino ROSSI ITA Ducati Team Ducati 304.1 1’56.735 0.936 / 0.176
7 6 Stefan BRADL GER LCR Honda MotoGP Honda 306.0 1’56.827 1.028 / 0.092
8 19 Alvaro BAUTISTA SPA San Carlo Honda Gresini Honda 305.9 1’57.068 1.269 / 0.241
9 17 Karel ABRAHAM CZE Cardion AB Motoracing Ducati 309.6 1’57.773 1.974 / 0.705
10 14 Randy DE PUNIET FRA Power Electronics Aspar ART 291.2 1’57.844 2.045 / 0.071
11 41 Aleix ESPARGARO SPA Power Electronics Aspar ART 291.5 1’58.153 2.354 / 0.309
12 68 Yonny HERNANDEZ COL Avintia Blusens BQR 286.5 1’59.087 3.288 / 0.934
13 24 Toni ELIAS SPA Pramac Racing Team Ducati 306.5 1’59.120 3.321 / 0.033
14 51 Michele PIRRO ITA San Carlo Honda Gresini FTR 285.1 1’59.387 3.588 / 0.267
15 5 Colin EDWARDS USA NGM Mobile Forward Racing Suter 291.2 1’59.863 4.064 / 0.476
16 54 Mattia PASINI ITA Speed Master ART 285.4 1’59.865 4.066 / 0.002
17 77 James ELLISON GBR Paul Bird Motorsport ART 287.3 2’00.316 4.517 / 0.451
18 22 Ivan SILVA SPA Avintia Blusens BQR 285.8 2’00.329 4.530 / 0.013
19 9 Danilo PETRUCCI ITA Came IodaRacing Project Ioda 272.0 2’00.854 5.055 / 0.525

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