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Lorenzo does it again in Qatar

2013-04-06 20:36

LORENZO ON POLE: Yamaha's Jorge Lorenzo en route to collecting a pole start for the 2013 Qatar MotoGP. Image: AFP

DOHA, Qatar - Yamaha's Jorge Lorenzo - paired for 2013 with former arch-enemy Valentino Rossi - will start the first MotoGP of the season in Qatar at the head of the pack.

Lorenzo was also on pole here back in 2012 with a time then of 1min55.302 and Saturday's lap also gave him the 52nd pole start of his career.

Rossi qualified only seventh, a second slower than his team mate.

Second and third respectively were Cal Crutchlow who led much of the quali sessions on another Yamaha and Honda's Dani Pedrosa.

MotoGP qualifying
1 Jorge Lorenzo (Spain) Yamaha 1min54.714
2 Cal Crutchlow (Britain) Yamaha 1min54.916
3 Dani Pedrosa (Spain) Honda 1min55.151
4 Andrea Dovizioso (Italy) Ducati 1min55.160
5 Stefan Bradl (Germany) Honda 1min55.477
6 Marc Marquez (Spain) Honda 1min55.645
7 Valentino Rossi (Italy) Yamaha 1min55.711
8 Alvaro Bautista (Spain) Honda 1min55.870
9 Bradley Smith (Britain) Yamaha 1min56.315
10 Andrea Iannone (Italy) Ducati 1min56.523

Moto2 qualifying
1 Pol Espargaro (Spain) Pons Kalex 2min00.882
2 Takaaki Nakagami (Japan) Kalex 2min01.014
3 Mika Kallio (Finland) Kalex 2min01.041
4 Scott Redding (Britain) Kalex 2min01.089
5 Dominique Aegerter (Switzerland) Suter 2min01.120
6 Julian Simon (Spain) Kalex 2min01.447
7 Nicolas Terol (Spain) Suter 2min01.454
8 Esteve Rabat (Spain) Pons Kalex 2min01.462
9 Marcel Schroetter (Germany) Kalex 2min01.541
10 Mike Di Meglio (France) Motobi 2min01.573

Moto3 qualifying
1 Luis Salom (Spain) KTM 2min07.229
2 Maverick Vinales (Spain) KTM 2min07.337
3 Alex Rins (Spain) KTM 2min07.596
4 Jonas Folger (Germany) Kalex 2min07.894
5 Miguel Oliveira (Portugal) Mahindra 2min08.409
6 Alan Techer (France) TSR 2min08.471
7 Jakub Kornfeil (Czech Republic) Kalex 2min08.482
8 Efren Vazquez (Spain) Mahindra 2min08.521
9 Alex Marquez (Spain) KTM 2min08.556
10 Arthur Sissis (Australia) KTM 2min08.567


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