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Lorenzo: Record-Breaking Pole at Laguna MotoGP

2012 Laguna Seca MotoGP Qualifying Results

The 1000cc era of MotoGP proved its massive speeds once again at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca Saturday during qualifying.

The record-breaking times began Friday when Repsol Honda’s Dani Pedrosa broke the circuit record; Pedrosa posted a best lap of 1:21.088, beating the circuit record set by Casey Stoner while with Ducati in 2010 (1:21.376).

But when the hour-long qualifying session got underway Saturday, Yamaha Factory Racing’s Jorge Lorenzo was the man to beat, the Spaniard setting an even faster pace than Pedrosa.

And although Repsol Honda’s Casey Stoner stole the top lap time towards the end of qualifying, Lorenzo responded with a blisteri

Ron Lieback
Ron Lieback
One of the few moto journalists based on the East Coast, Ron Lieback joined the motorcycle industry as a freelancer in 2007, and is currently Online Editor at Ultimate Motorcycling.

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