>> Jorge Lorenzo starts from pole for the eighth time in the MotoGP class. On the seven previous occasions when he has started from pole in MotoGP he has won just once – in Portugal last year.
>> Jorge Lorenzo is the first Yamaha rider to qualify on pole at the US GP since Wayne Rainey did so back in 1991.
Valentino Rossi’s victory last year at Laguna Seca was his fi rst ever win at the American circuit. His only other podium at the USA Grand Prix was 3rd in the fi rst visit to Laguna Seca in 2005. He retired from the race with technical problems in 2006, and in 2007 was the first Michelin rider home in 4th place in a race dominated by riders using Bridgestone tyres.
Jorge Lorenzo qualified 4th last year on his debut at Laguna Seca but crashed out on the first lap of the race and suffered fractures in his right foot.
Ducati Marlboro’s Casey Stoner starts Sunday’s fourth MotoGP race of the year in third place on the Le Mans grid, but the former World Champion felt he had the pace to beat Dani Pedrosa and Jorge Lorenzo who finished marginally in front of him.
3rd – Caset Stoner Speaks…
Rizla Suzuki head to round four of the MotoGP World Championship raring to pick up their pace. The scene of a first -and to date only- victory for the current team structure courtesy of Chris Vermeulen in 2007, Le Mans is being cited by the team as a chance to get back to stronger results and begin the 2009 season in earnest.
Chris Vermeulen Speaks…
Will Capirossi or Vermeulen get it done on the Suzuki?
Loris Capirossi and Chris Vermeulen were regularly amongst the top riders at all of the 2009 tests, culminating with Capirossi recording the third quickest time at the final test in Spain last month, with teammate Vermeulen narrowly behind with the fifth fastest lap. Now both riders will be planning to continue with the good run of form that has seen the 2009 Suzuki GSV-R emerge as one of the most improved bikes of the year.
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