Moto2: Lorenzo takes dominant pole position

Jorge Lorenzo took a dominant pole position in qualifying for tomorrow's 250cc race at Phillip Island

Moto2: Lorenzo takes dominant pole position

Lorenzo improved on his Friday best 19 minutes into the session, before going another four tenths faster in the last two minutes of the session. Remarkably, despite every rider improving their times today, Lorenzo's Friday time would have secured him pole position.

Hector Barbera set second fastest time with just under 15 minutes remaining in the session, unable to improve as the minutes wound down but no-one except Lorenzo went faster.

The battle for third on the grid was a good one. Marco Simoncelli moved into third with a minute left in the session, but he will start fifth after Alvaro Bautista went 0.034 seconds faster, Alex de Angelis just 0.004 seconds slower than Bautista to take the final place on the front row.

While Lorenzo took a comfortable pole, his closest championship rival didn't have such a good day, Andrea Dovizioso qualifying seventh and never looking like challenging for the front of the grid.

The session was interrupted by a red flag after 24 minutes when Roberto Locatelli highsided exiting Doohan Corner, and was taken to the trackside medical centre for checks.

Imre Toth also fell at Doohan Corner in the final minute of the session, and looked injured, but eventually walked away.

Pos  Rider             Make     Time
 1.  Jorge Lorenzo     Aprilia  1:32.884
 2.  Hector Barbera    Aprilia  1:33.770  + 0.886
 3.  Alvaro Bautista   Aprilia  1:33.820  + 0.936
 4.  Alex de Angelis   Aprilia  1:33.824  + 0.940
 5.  Marco Simoncelli  Gilera   1:33.854  + 0.970
 6.  Hiroshi Aoyama    KTM      1:33.932  + 1.048
 7.  Andrea Dovizioso  Honda    1:34.153  + 1.269
 8.  Thomas Luthi      Aprilia  1:34.185  + 1.301
 9.  Julian Simon      Honda    1:34.299  + 1.415
10.  Shuhei Aoyama     Honda    1:34.412  + 1.528
11.  Mika Kallio       KTM      1:34.527  + 1.643
12.  Yuki Takahashi    Honda    1:34.990  + 2.106
13.  R. Locatelli      Gilera   1:35.372  + 2.488
14.  Aleix Espargaro   Aprilia  1:35.788  + 2.904
15.  Jules Cluzel      Aprilia  1:35.860  + 2.976
16.  Fabrizio Lai      Aprilia  1:35.903  + 3.019
17.  Dirk Heidolf      Aprilia  1:36.238  + 3.354
18.  Imre Toth         Aprilia  1:36.463  + 3.579
19.  Alex Baldolini    Aprilia  1:36.512  + 3.628
20.  Efrén Vazquez     Aprilia  1:36.842  + 3.958
21.  Karel Abraham     Aprilia  1:37.076  + 4.192
22.  Taro Sekiguchi    Aprilia  1:37.106  + 4.222
23.  R. Wilairot       Honda    1:37.376  + 4.492
24.  Eugene Laverty    Honda    1:37.476  + 4.592
25.  Federico Sandi    Aprilia  1:37.623  + 4.739
26.  Chow Ho Wan       Aprilia  1:38.981  + 6.097
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