Results and summary of qualifying practice for the MotoGP class at Estoril:
Jorge Lorenzo has taken his fourth straight pole at Estoril, after quietly chipping away at the times to come out on top. All eyes had been on Marco Simoncelli early on, the San Carlo Gresini rider dominating the first part of practice, but Lorenzo edged Simoncelli with less than 5 minutes to go. The Italian looked like taking back pole again, but he crashed out while on a very fast lap.
Dani Pedrosa secured the final spot on the front row, though the Repsol Honda rider looked like going even better in his final fast lap, losing out in the last sector to remain 3rd. The same happened to his teammate Casey Stoner, who looked to be on course to take over pole until he lost a huge amount of time in the final sector. Yamaha's Ben Spies put in a solid performance to secure the 5th spot on the grid, while the third Repsol Honda rider Andrea Dovizioso made some huge steps forward to take 6th.
The Monster Tech 3 Yamaha riders also shone under the darkened Portuguese skies, Colin Edwards ending up 7th on the grid, while Cal Crutchlow had a fantastic qualifying session, and was unlucky to end up just 8th. First Ducati rider was Valentino Rossi, the Marlboro rider taking the final spot on the 3rd row, while Hector Barbera rounds out the top 10.
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