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Lorenzo's pole for Aussie MotoGP

2013-10-19 08:03

LORENZO LAPS UP PRAISE: Yamaha's Jorge Lorenzo acknowledges the crowd's cheers after taking pole position for the start of the 2013 Australian MotoGP on Phillip Island. Image: AFP

IAN RANSOM

Marc Marquez and Jorge Lorenzo both broke the Phillip Island qualifying lap record - but Lorenzo squeezed the 2013 pole start.

MELBOURNE, Australia - Defending champion Jorge Lorenzo has taken pole position for the start of the 2013 Australian MotoGP, edging out title rival Marc Marquez in a furious qualifying session on Phillip Island.

Both Yamaha rider Lorenzo and Honda's Marquez smashed retired double World champion Casey Stoner's fastest pole set in 2008 but it was the more seasoned Spaniard who landed a psychological blow to the rookie ahead of Sunday's possibly championship-deciding race.

ROSSI THERE TOO

Lorenzo's fastest lap of 1min27.899 was 0.221 faster than Marquez, who can win the championship with victory on Sunday if Lorenzo doesn't do better than third.

The pair were joined by Italian great Valentino Rossi (Yamaha) on the front row with Alvaro Bautista, Dani Pedrosa and Cal Crutchlow lining up behind them.

Results from qualifying for the 2013 Australian MotoGP
1 Jorge Lorenzo (Spain) Yamaha 1min27.899
2 Marc Marquez (Spain) Honda 1min28.120
3 Valentino Rossi (Italy) Yamaha 1min28.647
4 Alvaro Bautista (Spain) Honda 1min28.713
5 Dani Pedrosa (Spain) Honda 1min28.748
6 Cal Crutchlow (Britain) Yamaha 1min28.809
7 Bradley Smith (Britain) Yamaha 1min28.941
8 Nicky Hayden (U.S.) Ducati 1min29.295
9 Andrea Dovizioso (Italy) Ducati 1min29.660
10 Andrea Iannone (Italy) Ducati 1min29.756

Moto2 qualifying
1 Pol Espargaro (Spain) Kalex 1min32.530
2 Esteve Rabat (Spain) Kalex 1min32.540
3 Jordi Torres (Spain) Suter 1min32.769
4 Alex de Angelis (San Marino) Speed up 1min32.769
5 Thomas Luethi (Switzerland) Suter 1min32.817
6 Mika Kallio (Finland) Kalex 1min32.833
7 Sandro Cortese (Germany) Kalex 1min32.893
8 Nicolas Terol (Spain) Suter 1min32.902
9 Mattia Pasini (Italy) Speed up 1min32.946
10 Scott Redding (Britain) Kalex 1min32.962

Moto3 qualifying
1 Luis Salom (Spain) KTM 1min36.890
2 Jonas Folger (Germany) Kalex 1min37.268
3 Efren Vazquez (Spain) Mahindra 1min37.292
4 Maverick Vinales (Spain) KTM 1min37.361
5 Alex Rins (Spain) KTM 1min37.382
6 Isaac Vinales (Spain) FTR 1min37.543
7 Ana Carrasco (Spain) KTM 1min37.544
8 Miguel Oliveira (Portugal) Mahindra 1min37.553
9 Zulfahmi Khairuddin (Malaysia) KTM 1min37.685
10 Jack Miller (Australia) FTR 1min37.747
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