After topping the time sheets yesterday, Lorenzo continued gradually refining his set-up throughout this morning's free practice and the early part of the afternoon session, before setting the fastest lap so far on the first of three Michelin qualifying tires with 20 minutes remaining.
He bettered himself once again soon after before an inch-perfect final lap on his third soft tire saw him improve another half a second to consolidate pole position. Dani Pedrosa was over half a second slower in second place whilst third spot was filled by Yamaha Tech 3 rider Colin Edwards for the second race running. Lorenzo's team-mate Valentino Rossi had looked on course to join him on the front row before an electronic problem caused him to abandon his final hot lap, and he will start from fifth for tomorrow's 27-lap race.
Repsol Honda riders Dani Pedrosa and Nicky Hayden delivered impressive qualifying performances today, Pedrosa going second quickest, Hayden just a fraction of a second behind his team-mate in fourth. That session backed up similarly strong showings during free practice.
Urged on by the vast and boisterous Jerez crowd, Pedrosa kept trying to the very end, completing qualifying just behind fellow Spaniard Jorge Lorenzo.
|2.||Daniel Pedrosa||Honda||(M)||1:38.789||Ã- 0.600|
|3.||Colin Edwards||Yamaha||(M)||1:38.954||Ã- 0.765|
|4.||Nicky Hayden||Honda||(M)||1:39.061||Ã- 0.872|
|5.||Valentino Rossi||Yamaha||(B)||1:39.064||Ã- 0.875|
|6.||Randy de Puniet||Honda||(M)||1:39.122||Ã- 0.933|
|7.||Casey Stoner||Ducati||(B)||1:39.286||Ã- 1.097|
|8.||James Toseland||Yamaha||(M)||1:39.334||Ã- 1.145|
|9.||John Hopkins||Kawasaki||(B)||1:39.439||Ã- 1.250|
|10.||Loris Capirossi||Suzuki||(B)||1:39.484||Ã- 1.295|
|11.||Shinya Nakano||Honda||(B)||1:39.559||Ã- 1.370|
|12.||Chris Vermeulen||Suzuki||(B)||1:39.704||Ã- 1.515|
|13.||Andrea Dovizioso||Honda||(M)||1:39.767||Ã- 1.578|
|14.||Alex de Angelis||Honda||(B)||1:40.037||Ã- 1.848|
|15.||Anthony West||Kawasaki||(B)||1:40.088||Ã- 1.899|
|16.||Toni Elias||Ducati||(B)||1:40.286||Ã- 2.097|
|17.||Sylvain Guintoli||Ducati||(B)||1:40.939||Ã- 2.750|
|18.||Marco Melandri||Ducati||(B)||1:41.027||Ã- 2.838|