Results and summary of qualifying practice for the MotoGP class at Sepang:
Jorge Lorenzo has taken pole position for the MotoGP race at Sepang tomorrow, after a determined display throughout qualifying. The Fiat Yamaha rider was close to the front throughout the session, topping the timesheets for much of it and clearly determined to get the best possible starting position for the race in which he looks certain to become MotoGP World Champion for the first time in his career.
Lorenzo had taken over the top spot from Casey Stoner with 20 minutes of the session gone, and was gradually whittling away his best time, but as the session approached the 40 minute mark, the scoring screens got hectic, everyone out to set their fast qualifying laps. Lorenzo remained on top at first, but was soon joined by the rest of the Yamahas, with the Fiat Yamahas taking the top two spots and the Monster Tech 3 Yamaha riders grabbing 3rd and 4th. Tech 3's Ben Spies soon went one better, grabbing provisional pole from Lorenzo, and the first rider to crack the 2'01 barrier with a lap of 2'01.993. Four minutes later, however, Lorenzo was back, a couple of tenths quicker than the Texan.
The Spaniard's difficulties with Americans was not over, though. With 5 minutes left in the session, a blistering lap by Marlboro Ducati's Nicky Hayden snatched provisional pole from under Lorenzo's nose, but in the final minute, Lorenzo took it back, pushing Hayden back down into 2nd, his best ever qualifying on the Ducati. Repsol Honda's Andrea Dovizioso capped a strong session with the 3rd fastest time, securing the final spot on the front row of the grid.
The second row of the grid is headed up by Ben Spies, who could have done better if he hadn't been accidentally blocked by his teammate on a fast lap, his attempt leaving him in 4th on the grid. In 5th and 6th, two former champions, Marlboro Ducati's Casey Stoner coming out ahead of Valentino Rossi. Rossi's aim of stealing some of his teammate's glory has been made a lot more difficult, with Lorenzo now on pole and Rossi starting from 6th on the grid.
Colin Edwards will start the race from 7th, ahead of the two Suzukis of Alvaro Bautista and Loris Capirossi. San Carlo Gresini's Marco Melandri rounds out the top 10.
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