Lorenzo edges out Pedrosa to take pol

MotoGP leader Jorge Lorenzo seized pole position for Sunday’s Malaysian Motorcyle Grand Prix, with the Yamaha rider putting in a record lap in qualifying.

By (AFP)

Published: Sat 20 Oct 2012, 2:01 PM

Last updated: Fri 3 Apr 2015, 8:45 AM

The Spaniard clocked the record lap of 2 minutes 00.334 seconds at the end of the one-hour qualifying session on Saturday, breaking the circuit record of 2:00.518 set by Italian rider Valentino Rossi in qualifying in 2009.

Lorenzo’s closest rival, fellow Spaniard Dani Pedrosa on a Honda, was in menacing form and posted the second fastest time while his Australian teammate Casey Stoner posted the fourth fastest time.

Italian Andrea Dovizioso was third quickest with Britain’s Cal Crutchlow, also on a Yamaha, taking fifth. American Ben Spies, on a Yamaha, took sixth on the grid.

Pedrosa clocked 2:00.528, 0.194 seconds slower than Lorenzo in a close-fought battle while Dovizioso posted 2:00.567.

It will be Lorenzo’s seventh pole start of the season.

Nine-time world champion Rossi’s bad season for Ducati continued after he crashed during the first few minutes of the third practice. He qualified eleventh on the grid.

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