Lorenzo claims pole in Portugal

Jorge Lorenzo has taken a strong pole position for tomorrow's Portuguese Grand Prix at Estoril

Lorenzo claims pole in Portugal

The Yamaha rider shot to the top of the timesheets with 18 minutes remaining in the one-hour session. From that point on, he further improved three times to settle with a 1m36.214s lap time set with one minute remaining.

Second best was Lorenzo's team-mate and championship leader Valentino Rossi, who snatched the grid position from Ducati's Casey Stoner with a few seconds left. Rossi's time is just over a quarter of a second slower than Lorenzo's and half a tenth quicker than Stoner's.

The Australian, who returns to MotoGP with a satisfying front row after missing the last three races, was followed by Honda's Dani Pedrosa, Tech 3 Yamaha's Colin Edwards, and LCR Honda's Randy de Puniet.

Suzuki's Loris Capirossi leads the third row, with Andrea Dovizioso's Honda eighth and the Ducatis of Nicky Hayden Mika Kallio - the latter on the Pramac entry - rounding up the top ten.

The Gresini Hondas of Alex de Angelis and Toni Elias qualified respectively in 11th and 13th positions, while Marco Melandri ended up a lowly 16th with the Hayate Kawasaki.

Pos Rider Bike Time Gap 1. Jorge Lorenzo Yamaha 1m36.214s 2. Valentino Rossi Yamaha 1m36.474s + 0.260s 3. Casey Stoner Ducati 1m36.528s + 0.314s 4. Dani Pedrosa Honda 1m36.702s + 0.488s 5. Colin Edwards Tech 3 Yamaha 1m37.142s + 0.928s 6. Randy de Puniet LCR Honda 1m37.448s + 1.234s 7. Loris Capirossi Suzuki 1m37.489s + 1.275s 8. Andrea Dovizioso Honda 1m37.541s + 1.327s 9. Nicky Hayden Ducati 1m37.654s + 1.440s 10. Mika Kallio Pramac Ducati 1m37.813s + 1.599s 11. Alex de Angelis Gresini Honda 1m37.822s + 1.608s 12. James Toseland Tech 3 Yamaha 1m37.823s + 1.609s 13. Toni Elias Gresini Honda 1m37.911s + 1.697s 14. Niccolo Canepa Pramac Ducati 1m38.042s + 1.828s 15. Chris Vermeulen Suzuki 1m38.342s + 2.128s 16. Marco Melandri Hayate Kawasaki 1m39.108s + 2.324s 17. Gabor Talmacsi Scot Honda 1m40.417s + 3.106s 
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