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Lorenzo on pole despite major crash

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Sunday 24th July, 2011 - 8:39am

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Lorenzo was up to his old tricks in Practice 3

Lorenzo was up to his old tricks in Practice 3

Jorge Lorenzo has taken pole position for Laguna Seca’s US Grand Prix just hours after walking away from a major practice crash.

Lorenzo had crashed at Turn 5 on his in-lap at the conclusion of Practice 3 – an incident that the reigning World Champion was at a loss to explain.

Casey Stoner ended qualifying just 0.074s shy of his title rival after improving on his final run, while team-mate Dani Pedrosa did likewise to complete the front-row.

Yamaha had looked set for a one-two performance part-way through the session until Ben Spies crashed during his final run and fell to fourth.

Marco Simoncelli, Andrea Dovizioso, Valentino Rossi, Hector Barbera, Nicky Hayden and Cal Crutchlow rounded out the top 10.

Hector Barbera and Randy de Puniet both suffered falls during qualifying, with the latter undergoing a trip to the medical centre following his mistake at Turn 5.

See below for the full qualifying result

Pos.

Rider

Nation

Team

Bike

Time

Gap 1st/Prev.

1 Jorge LORENZO SPA Yamaha Factory Racing Yamaha 1’21.202  
2 Casey STONER AUS Repsol Honda Team Honda 1’21.274 0.072 / 0.072
3 Dani PEDROSA SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda 1’21.385 0.183 / 0.111
4 Ben SPIES USA Yamaha Factory Racing Yamaha 1’21.578 0.376 / 0.193
5 Marco SIMONCELLI ITA San Carlo Honda Gresini Honda 1’21.696 0.494 / 0.118
6 Andrea DOVIZIOSO ITA Repsol Honda Team Honda 1’21.731 0.529 / 0.035
7 Valentino ROSSI ITA Ducati Team Ducati 1’22.235 1.033 / 0.504
8 Hector BARBERA SPA Mapfre Aspar Team MotoGP Ducati 1’22.238 1.036 / 0.003
9 Nicky HAYDEN USA Ducati Team Ducati 1’22.271 1.069 / 0.033
10 Cal CRUTCHLOW GBR Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 1’22.385 1.183 / 0.114
11 Colin EDWARDS USA Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 1’22.520 1.318 / 0.135
12 Alvaro BAUTISTA SPA Rizla Suzuki MotoGP Suzuki 1’22.669 1.467 / 0.149
13 Karel ABRAHAM CZE Cardion AB Motoracing Ducati 1’22.893 1.691 / 0.224
14 Hiroshi AOYAMA JPN San Carlo Honda Gresini Honda 1’22.937 1.735 / 0.044
15 Randy DE PUNIET FRA Pramac Racing Team Ducati 1’22.961 1.759 / 0.024
16 Loris CAPIROSSI ITA Pramac Racing Team Ducati 1’23.876 2.674 / 0.915
17 Toni ELIAS SPA LCR Honda MotoGP Honda 1’24.156 2.954 / 0.280
18 Ben BOSTROM USA LCR Honda MotoGP Honda 1’25.291 4.089 / 1.135

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