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Lorenzo wins MotoGP pole in Spain
Jorge Lorenzo took an impressive third straight pole at his home track of Montmelo this afternoon, Fiat Yamaha's championship leader storming to his 12th MotoGP pole with an impressive lap that was 0.364 seconds faster than Casey Stoner in second. His temporary team-mate Wataru Yoshikawa made an impressive improvement of more than two seconds, as he continues to gain a deeper understanding of Valentino Rossi's YZR-M1.

23-year-old Lorenzo was fastest once again in morning practice but spent most of the qualifying session a little further down the standings, as he concentrated on perfecting his race set-up and gathering as much information as possible about the two available Bridgestone tire compounds. With just under ten minutes to go he leapt up the leader board to take pole, surrendering it briefly to Stoner before improving again on both of his next two laps to ensure himself a hat-trick of pole positions from the last three races.


Pos Rider Time Nat Bike Team
1 Jorge Lorenzo 1m 42.046 SPA YAMAHA Fiat Yamaha Team
2 Casey Stoner 1m 42.410 AUS DUCATI Ducati Marlboro Team
3 Randy De Puniet 1m 42.512 FRA HONDA LCR Honda MotoGP
4 Dani Pedrosa 1m 42.592 SPA HONDA Repsol Honda Team
5 Ben Spies 1m 42.710 USA YAMAHA Tech 3 Yamaha
6 Andrea Dovizioso 1m 42.866 ITA HONDA Repsol Honda Team
7 Loris Capirossi 1m 42.903 ITA SUZUKI Rizla Suzuki MotoGP
8 Aleix Espargaro 1m 42.931 SPA DUCATI Pramac Racing
9 Marco Simoncelli 1m 42.994 ITA HONDA San Carlo Honda Gresini
10 Alvaro Bautista 1m 43.025 SPA SUZUKI Rizla Suzuki MotoGP
11 Colin Edwards 1m 43.059 USA YAMAHA Tech 3 Yamaha
12 Nicky Hayden 1m 43.068 USA DUCATI Ducati Marlboro Team
13 Hector Barbera 1m 43.417 SPA DUCATI Paginas Amarillas Aspar
14 Marco Melandri 1m 43.621 ITA HONDA San Carlo Honda Gresini
15 Mika Kallio 1m 43.685 FIN DUCATI Pramac Racing
16 Kousuke Akiyoshi 1m 45.577 JPN HONDA Interwetten Honda MotoGP
17 Wataru Yoshikawa 1m 45.759 JPN YAMAHA Fiat Yamaha Team
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