Record pole position for Lorenzo at Czech GP

Jorge Lorenzo

Yamaha Factory Racing’s Jorge Lorenzo was on record-breaking pace during qualifying for the bwin Grand Prix Ceske republiky as he took pole position for tomorrow’s race ahead of Cal Crutchlow and Dani Pedrosa. Lorenzo’s time in the high 1.55s only narrowly beat Monster Yamaha Tech 3’s Crutchlow into second on the grid, despite the Brit crashing half way through the session. For Crutchlow, who re-signed with the squad for another year today, this is his best MotoGP qualifying result to date. Completing the front row is Repsol Honda Team’s pace man from yesterday, Dani Pedrosa, whose session got off to a bad start after dropping his bike in the early stages.

Row two is headed by Lorenzo’s teammate Ben Spies in fourth, after the Texan looked to be riding near his best form once again. In fifth, Tech 3’s Andrea Dovizioso was not able to beat his teammate’s time, and also had to park his bike up on the side of the track at the end with a technical issue. Ducati Team’s Valentino Rossi lines up in sixth place, recording his best qualifying result since joining the Italian outfit last year.

Row three sees LCR Honda MotoGP’s Stefan Bradl in seventh place on the grid, with the German no doubt looking to improve in tomorrow’s race. Eighth place went to San Carlo Honda Gresini’s Ã�lvaro Bautista, who will be disappointed at being beaten by the rookie on the other satellite Honda. Completing the third row in ninth is Cardion AB Racing’s local rider Karel Abraham, who will have delighted his home fans, despite dropping his bike in the gravel at the end.

In tenth, Power Electronics Aspar’s Randy de Puniet, who also crashed in the session, managed to finish as top CRT. The only other rider to suffer an accident was San Carlo’s Michele Pirro, who like the others, walked away unscathed.



Num. Rider Nation Team Bike Time Gap 1st/Prev.
1 99 Jorge LORENZO SPA Yamaha Factory Racing Yamaha 1'55.799 0.000 / 0.000
2 35 Cal CRUTCHLOW GBR Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 1'55.995 0.196 / 0.196
3 26 Dani PEDROSA SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda 1'56.327 0.528 / 0.332
4 11 Ben SPIES USA Yamaha Factory Racing Yamaha 1'56.331 0.532 / 0.004
5 4 Andrea DOVIZIOSO ITA Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 1'56.559 0.760 / 0.228
6 46 Valentino ROSSI ITA Ducati Team Ducati 1'56.735 0.936 / 0.176
7 6 Stefan BRADL GER LCR Honda MotoGP Honda 1'56.827 1.028 / 0.092
8 19 Alvaro BAUTISTA SPA San Carlo Honda Gresini Honda 1'57.068 1.269 / 0.241
9 17 Karel ABRAHAM CZE Cardion AB Motoracing Ducati 1'57.773 1.974 / 0.705
10 14 Randy DE PUNIET FRA Power Electronics Aspar ART 1'57.844 2.045 / 0.071
11 41 Aleix ESPARGARO SPA Power Electronics Aspar ART 1'58.153 2.354 / 0.309
12 68 Yonny HERNANDEZ COL Avintia Blusens BQR 1'59.087 3.288 / 0.934
13 24 Toni ELIAS SPA Pramac Racing Team Ducati 1'59.120 3.321 / 0.033
14 51 Michele PIRRO ITA San Carlo Honda Gresini FTR 1'59.387 3.588 / 0.267
15 5 Colin EDWARDS USA NGM Mobile Forward Racing Suter 1'59.863 4.064 / 0.476
16 54 Mattia PASINI ITA Speed Master ART 1'59.865 4.066 / 0.002
17 77 James ELLISON GBR Paul Bird Motorsport ART 2'00.316 4.517 / 0.451
18 22 Ivan SILVA SPA Avintia Blusens BQR 2'00.329 4.530 / 0.013
19 9 Danilo PETRUCCI ITA Came IodaRacing Project Ioda 2'00.854 5.055 / 0.525

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