Lorenzo gets his Sepang pole

2012-10-20 09:18

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia - Yamaha’s Jorge Lorenzo cracked the Sepang track record – twice – on his last two qualifying laps here ahead of Sunday’s 2012 Malaysian MotoGP.

His time of 2min0.334 beat second-placed Dani Pedrosa (Honda) by only two-tenths on 2min00.528 and third was Andrea Doviziosa on 2min0.567 for Yamaha.


The hour-long session was run on a dry track, though one whose condition brought out a number of complaints from the riders.

South Africa's Brad Binder qualified eighth in a time of 2min15.4 for the Moto3 GP. - Wheels24

AFP REPORTS: Lorenzo's team mate Andrea Dovizioso (2min00.567) briefly held provisional pole in a thrilling qualifying session before finishing third on the time sheets to seal the final place on the front row.

Australian world champion Casey Stoner (2min00.811), still lacking speed thanks to an ankle injury, struggled with the set-up of his Honda but still heads the second row, ahead of the Yamaha duo of Briton Cal Crutchlow and American Ben Spies.

Lorenzo leads the championship standings on 310 points to Pedrosa's 282 with Stoner a distant third on 197.

The Spaniard sealed his sole World title at Sepang in 2010 and can repeat the feat should he win and Pedrosa fail to finish, with just two rounds remaining after Malaysia.

2012 Malaysian MotoGP qualifying
1 Jorge Lorenzo (Spain) Yamaha 2min00.334
2 Dani Pedrosa (Spain) Honda 2min00.528
3 Andrea Dovizioso (Italy) Yamaha 2min00.567
4 Casey Stoner (Australia) Honda 2min00.811
5 Cal Crutchlow (Britain) Yamaha 2min01.178
6 Ben Spies (U.S.) Yamaha 2min01.185
7 Hector Barbera (Spain) Ducati 2min01.294
8 Stefan Bradl (Germany) Honda 2min01.491
9 Nicky Hayden (U.S.) Ducati 2min01.526
10 Alvaro Bautista (Spain) Honda 2min01.640

Moto3 qualifying
1 Zulfahmi Khairuddin (Malaysia) KTM 2min13.885
2 Jonas Folger (Germany) Kalex 2min14.151
3 Sandro Cortese (Germany) KTM 2min14.599
4 Louis Rossi (France) Honda 2min14.681
5 Luis Salom (Spain) Kalex 2min14.817
6 Miguel Oliveira (Portugal) Honda 2min15.316
7 Efren Vazquez (Spain) Honda 2min15.366
8 Brad Binder (South Africa) Kalex 2min15.4

Moto2 qualifying
1 Pol Espargaro (Spain) Kalex 2min06.962
2 Scott Redding (Britain) Kalex 2min07.399
3 Marc Marquez (Spain) Suter 2min07.566
4 Takaaki Nakagami (Japan) Kalex 2min07.617
5 Johann Zarco (France) Motobi 2min07.672
6 Bradley Smith (Britain) Tech 3 2min07.721
7 Esteve Rabat (Spain) Kalex 2min07.774
8 Thomas Luethi (Switzerland) Suter 2min07.832
9 Alex de Angelis (San Marino) FTR 2min07.849
10 Dominique Aegerter (Switzerland) Suter 2min07.872