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10/13/12
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Lorenzo romps to stunning Motegi pole  
Jorge Lorenzo
It was Yamaha Factory Racing’s Jorge Lorenzo who romped to pole position for the AirAsia Grand Prix of Japan tomorrow in a hard-fought and incident-packed qualifying session at the Twin Ring Motegi ahead of Dani Pedrosa and Cal Crutchlow.

Setting a new track record with the only time in the 1.44s, Lorenzo pushed Repsol Honda Team’s Dani Pedrosa into second on the grid, after the Spaniard had looked to be taking pole shortly before the end. Monster Yamaha Tech 3’s Cal Crutchlow completes the row in third, with the Brit doing very well to save a near crash after scoring his seventh front row start this season.

Heading row two is Yamaha’s Ben Spies, who suffered an awkward crash in the dying seconds of the session, yet did not obstruct anyone on their hot lap. Lining up next to him in fifth is San Carlo Honda Gresini’s Álvaro Bautista, after his and the team’s suspension set-up work looked to be yielding the positive results they were looking for.

Six spot is occupied by Crutchlow’s teammate Andrea Dovizioso, who appeared to be on-course for a higher grid spot, but could not squeeze out those extra tenths needed. Repsol Honda’s Casey Stoner heads the third row in seventh, with the Australian still struggling slightly with the bike on his return from injury. Alongside him in eighth is LCR Honda MotoGP’s Stefan Bradl, who’s session got off to a bad start with a crash, although the German managed to head back out for the latter part of qualifying.

Ninth position went to Ducati Team’s Valentino Rossi, with the Italian not finding the one-off pace that helped him jump up the ranks in yesterday’s timesheets. His teammate Nicky Hayden completes the top ten, with the American still suffering significant discomfort from his fractured right radius. Power Electronics Aspar’s Aleix Espargar¢ took top CRT spot in 13th, consolidating the form he has shown all weekend.

There were numerous other crashes throughout the session with San Carlo’s Michele Pirro dropping his bike early on, with Paul Bird Motorsport’s James Ellison and Cardion AB Racing’s Karel Abraham also following suit at the end of the session. Fortunately none of the riders were seriously hurt in the crashes.

Results

Pos. Num. Rider Nation Team Bike Time Gap/Prev
1 99 Jorge LORENZO SPA Yamaha Factory Racing Yamaha 1'44.969 0.000/0.000
2 26 Dani PEDROSA SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda 1'45.215 0.246/0.246
3 35 Cal CRUTCHLOW GBR Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 1'45.257 0.288/0.042
4 11 Ben SPIES USA Yamaha Factory Racing Yamaha 1'45.336 0.367/0.079
5 19 Alvaro BAUTISTA SPA San Carlo Honda Gresini Honda 1'45.481 0.512/0.145
6 4 Andrea DOVIZIOSO ITA Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 1'45.612 0.643/0.131
7 1 Casey STONER AUS Repsol Honda Team Honda 1'45.745 0.776/0.133
8 6 Stefan BRADL GER LCR Honda MotoGP Honda 1'45.848 0.879/0.103
9 46 Valentino ROSSI ITA Ducati Team Ducati 1'45.976 1.007/0.128
10 69 Nicky HAYDEN USA Ducati Team Ducati 1'46.461 1.492/0.485
11 21 Katsuyuki NAKASUGA JPN Yamaha YSP Racing Yamaha 1'46.780 1.811/0.319
12 8 Hector BARBERA SPA Pramac Racing Team Ducati 1'46.881 1.912/0.101
13 41 Aleix ESPARGARO SPA Power Electronics Aspar ART 1'47.383 2.414/0.502
14 14 Randy DE PUNIET FRA Power Electronics Aspar ART 1'47.581 2.612/0.198
15 17 Karel ABRAHAM CZE Cardion AB Motoracing Ducati 1'47.791 2.822/0.210
16 5 Colin EDWARDS USA NGM Mobile Forward Racing Suter 1'48.125 3.156/0.334
17 68 Yonny HERNANDEZ COL Avintia Blusens BQR 1'48.513 3.544/0.388
18 51 Michele PIRRO ITA San Carlo Honda Gresini FTR 1'48.653 3.684/0.140
19 9 Danilo PETRUCCI ITA Came IodaRacing Project Ioda-Suter 1'48.831 3.862/0.178
20 77 James ELLISON GBR Paul Bird Motorsport ART 1'49.023 4.054/0.192
21 84 Roberto ROLFO ITA Speed Master ART 1'49.183 4.214/0.160
22 22 Ivan SILVA SPA Avintia Blusens BQR 1'49.831 4.862/0.648

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