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Yamaha riders to start 1-2 in Portugal
Jorge Lorenzo took his first pole position since Laguna Seca back in June at Estoril this afternoon, the Mallorcan sealing his fifth pole of the season with a strong performance ahead of tomorrow's Portuguese Grand Prix. His Fiat Yamaha teammate Valentino Rossi meanwhile took his eleventh front row of the season and will start tomorrow's race from second, with Casey Stoner taking the final front row slot. Dani Pedrosa will start 4th on his Honda.

Having topped both practice sessions this weekend, Lorenzo was the clear favorite for pole this afternoon and the 22-year-old looked smooth and comfortable out on track as he made a few last-minute setting changes before the fight for grid spots. With twenty minutes remaining he took the lead and didn't surrender it for the rest of the session, improving his time several times and never looking in much danger from his rivals.

Rossi had a few problems yesterday but was in better shape today, having improved the balance of his M1 in the hard braking zones. His penultimate lap was good enough to put him second although he was unable to quite match his team-mate's pace on the softer Bridgestone tire today. The championship leader is planning a few overnight improvements in order to ensure he is at the maximum for the race.

Tomorrow's 28-lap race gets underway at the slightly earlier time than usual of 1300 local time, which is 1400 CET.



Rider Time Nat Bike Team
1 Jorge Lorenzo 1m 36.214 SPA YAMAHA Fiat Yamaha Team
2 Valentino Rossi 1m 36.474 ITA YAMAHA Fiat Yamaha Team
3 Casey Stoner 1m 36.528 AUS DUCATI Ducati Marlboro Team
4 Dani Pedrosa 1m 36.702 SPA HONDA Repsol Honda Team
5 Colin Edwards 1m 37.142 USA YAMAHA Tech 3 Yamaha
6 Randy De Puniet 1m 37.448 FRA HONDA LCR Honda MotoGP
7 Loris Capirossi 1m 37.489 ITA SUZUKI Rizla Suzuki MotoGP
8 Andrea Dovizioso 1m 37.541 ITA HONDA Repsol Honda Team
9 Nicky Hayden 1m 37.654 USA DUCATI Ducati Marlboro Team
10 Mika Kallio 1m 37.813 FIN DUCATI Pramac Racing
11 Alex De Angelis 1m 37.822 SMR HONDA San Carlo Honda Gresini
12 James Toseland 1m 37.823 GBR YAMAHA Tech 3 Yamaha
13 Toni Elias 1m 37.911 SPA HONDA San Carlo Honda Gresini
14 Niccolo Canepa 1m 38.042 ITA DUCATI Pramac Racing
15 Chris Vermeulen 1m 38.342 AUS SUZUKI Rizla Suzuki MotoGP
16 Marco Melandri 1m 38.538 ITA KAWASAKI Hayate Racing Team
17 Gabor Talmacsi 1m 39.320 HUN HONDA Scot Racing Team MotoGP

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