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Lorenzo claims third straight pole
From correspondents in Estoril, Portugal
April 13, 2008 JORGE Lorenzo has claimed his third consecutive pole position in qualifying for the Portuguese MotoGP at Estoril.
The Spanish Yahama rider, in his rookie MotoGP season after winning two 250cc championships, earned his position at the head of a grid by clocking a lap-record 1min 35.715sec at the circuit near Lisbon.
That effort saw him clinch the No.1 spot ahead of early championship leader Dani Pedrosa and Valentino Rossi, whose lap record Lorenzo snatched.
Reigning world champion Casey Stoner will start sixth after struggling on his Ducati.
Lorenzo, the rising Spanish star, is second in the rider's title race, five points behind Pedrosa, with Rossi 10 points off the pace.
In the 250cc race, Italy's Marco Simoncelli will start from pole, the fourth of his career but the first in this category.
Italian Simone Corsi, on an Aprilia, meanwhile qualified fastest for the 125cc race.
French rider Mike Di Meglio took a nasty fall after colliding with Ivan Maestro.
He was take from the track on a stretcher but escaped serious injury and is set to take part in the race.
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Last edited by Yamahuh; 04-13-2008 at 07:16 AM.