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MotoGP qualifying results from Jerez

An exciting MotoGP qualifying session at the Gran Premio de España concluded with Motegi racewinner and series leader Jorge Lorenzo on pole in Jerez.

The man of the moment in MotoGP Jorge Lorenzo delighted the home crowd at the Jerez de la Frontera circuit in beautiful conditions on Saturday afternoon, as he repeated his 2008 pole for the Gran Premio de España.

In stark contrast to the appalling weather at Motegi a week ago which saw qualifying cancelled, the growing Spanish crowd at the Andalusian track were bathed in some typical Iberian sunshine as the MotoGP riders put on a great show on their 800cc prototypes.

Lorenzo and his big Spanish rival Dani Pedrosa did battle for pole position during the 45 minute session, with the Fiat Yamaha rider eventually emerging on top with a 1’38.933 hot lap on the 18th of his 21 turns of the track.

Saturday morning’s fastest rider Pedrosa again demonstrated his improving form and fitness on his Repsol Honda RC212V machine, lapping just 0.051s behind his young compatriot.

Ducati Marlboro’s Casey Stoner, who won the BMW M Award at Jerez in March’s Official MotoGP Test, was around half a second behind Lorenzo with his best effort putting him third on the grid at one of his least favoured tracks.

Friday’s top man, World Champion Valentino Rossi could not match his championship rivals and after a modest Saturday morning free practice outing the Italian qualified off the front row for the first time this year in fourth place.

A good effort from Randy de Puniet saw him as the top satellite equipped qualifier in fifth place for the LCR Honda team, whilst the second line of the grid was rounded off by Rizla Suzuki’s Loris Capirossi – who made sure four different manufacturers are represented on the front two rows.

The third row, meanwhile, features Colin Edwards (Monster Yamaha Tech 3), Andrea Dovizioso (Repsol Honda) and Toni Elias (San Carlo Honda Gresini), who will all be in the hunt for good points on Sunday.

Chris Vermeulen (Rizla Suzuki) was tenth fastest, with Sete Gibernau (Grupo Francisco Hernando) twelfth and 2006 World Champion Nicky Hayden (Ducati Marlboro) down in 16th.

San Carlo Honda Gresini’s Alex de Angelis crashed at the end of the session and qualified in 15th place, but was not reported to be injured.

Pos. Rider Nation Team Lap time
1 J.


SPA Fiat Yamaha Team 1’38.933
2 D.


SPA Repsol Honda Team



3 C.


AUS Ducati Marlboro Team



4 V.


ITA Fiat Yamaha Team



5 R.


FRA LCR Honda MotoGP



6 L.


ITA Rizla Suzuki MotoGP



7 C.


USA Monster Yamaha Tech 3



8 A.


ITA Repsol Honda Team



9 T.


SPA San Carlo Honda Gresini



10 C.


AUS Rizla Suzuki MotoGP



11 M.


ITA Hayate Racing Team



12 S.


SPA Grupo Francisco Hernando



13 Y.


JPN Scot Racing Team MotoGP



14 J.


GBR Monster Yamaha Tech 3



15 A.


RSM San Carlo Honda Gresini



16 N.


USA Ducati Marlboro Team



17 M.


FIN Pramac Racing



18 N.


ITA Pramac Racing



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