Moto2: Lorenzo keeps pole on damp track

Jorge Lorenzo will start from pole position for the 250cc Dutch Grand Prix after the track remained too damp for riders to improve their times in the Friday session

Moto2: Lorenzo keeps pole on damp track

The downpour that had struck near the end of MotoGP qualifying left the track wet for the 250cc field as well, and although a dry line emerged by the end of the session, times were still at least 12 seconds shy of Thursday's dry laps.

Andrea Dovizioso was the fastest rider on the day, lapping in 1:51.429. He had qualified second to Lorenzo in the dry on Thursday.

Mika Kallio was second in the session, ahead of Alex de Angelis, Marco Simoncelli and Taro Sekiguchi - the Japanese rider improving on his usual form despite a fall near the end of qualifying.

Lorenzo only went out for seven laps and did not push hard.

"I don't care if I get the pole position (fastest time) in this practice because I already had the pole position so there was no reason to take more risks than you need," he said.

"I'm confident in dry and in wet, so tomorrow we are prepared."

Grid positions:
Pos Rider Bike Time 1. Jorge Lorenzo Aprilia 1:39.958 2. Andrea Dovizioso Honda 1:40.681 + 0.723 3. Alvaro Bautista Aprilia 1:41.128 + 1.170 4. Hiroshi Aoyama KTM 1:41.226 + 1.268 5. Hector Barbera Aprilia 1:41.367 + 1.409 6. Thomas Luthi Aprilia 1:41.408 + 1.450 7. Alex de Angelis Aprilia 1:41.443 + 1.485 8. Marco Simoncelli Gilera 1:41.532 + 1.574 9. Julian Simon Honda 1:41.574 + 1.616 10. Mika Kallio KTM 1:41.892 + 1.934 11. Fabrizio Lai Aprilia 1:41.986 + 2.028 12. Aleix Espargaro Aprilia 1:42.924 + 2.966 13. R.Locatelli Gilera 1:42.938 + 2.980 14. Shuhei Aoyama Honda 1:42.987 + 3.029 15. Yuki Takahashi Honda 1:42.996 + 3.038 16. Alex Baldolini Aprilia 1:43.079 + 3.121 17. R.Wilairot Honda 1:43.115 + 3.157 18. Jules Cluzel Aprilia 1:43.649 + 3.691 19. Taro Sekiguchi Aprilia 1:43.781 + 3.823 20. Karel Abraham Aprilia 1:43.894 + 3.936 21. Eugene Laverty Honda 1:44.148 + 4.190 22. Dirk Heidolf Aprilia 1:44.314 + 4.356 23. Dan Linfoot Aprilia 1:44.569 + 4.611 24. Hans Smees Aprilia 1:44.652 + 4.694 25. Imre Toth Aprilia 1:44.787 + 4.829 26. Efren Vazquez Aprilia 1:44.959 + 5.001 27. Ronald Beitler Honda 1:46.765 + 6.807 28. Randy Gevers Aprilia 1:46.887 + 6.929 29. M.Velthuijzen Honda 1:48.800 + 8.842 

Second qualifying times: Pos Rider Bike Time 1. Andrea Dovizioso Honda 1:51.429 2. Mika Kallio KTM 1:51.688 + 0.259 3. Alex de Angelis Aprilia 1:52.017 + 0.588 4. Marco Simoncelli Gilera 1:52.831 + 1.402 5. Taro Sekiguchi Aprilia 1:53.780 + 2.351 6. Alvaro Bautista Aprilia 1:53.824 + 2.395 7. Imre Toth Aprilia 1:54.002 + 2.573 8. Efren Vazquez Aprilia 1:54.163 + 2.734 9. Alex Baldolini Aprilia 1:54.383 + 2.954 10. Hans Smees Aprilia 1:54.625 + 3.196 11. Fabrizio Lai Aprilia 1:54.746 + 3.317 12. Dirk Heidolf Aprilia 1:54.799 + 3.370 13. Hiroshi Aoyama KTM 1:55.034 + 3.605 14. Hector Barbera Aprilia 1:55.277 + 3.848 15. Shuhei Aoyama Honda 1:55.602 + 4.173 16. Aleix Espargaro Aprilia 1:55.768 + 4.339 17. Jorge Lorenzo Aprilia 1:56.031 + 4.602 18. Jules Cluzel Aprilia 1:56.094 + 4.665 19. Dan Linfoot Aprilia 1:56.155 + 4.726 20. Karel Abraham Aprilia 1:56.236 + 4.807 21. Julian Simon Honda 1:56.622 + 5.193 22. R.Locatelli Gilera 1:56.688 + 5.259 23. M.Velthuijzen Honda 1:57.065 + 5.636 24. R.Wilairot Honda 1:57.239 + 5.810 25. Eugene Laverty Honda 1:57.468 + 6.039 26. Randy Gevers Aprilia 1:57.743 + 6.314 27. Yuki Takahashi Honda 1:59.724 + 8.295 28. Ronald Beitler Honda 2:02.164 + 10.735 

 

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