JEREZ, Spain – Yamaha Factory racer Jorge Lorenzo celebrated his birthday Saturday in grand style by winning the pole for Sunday’s MotoGP event at Circuito de Jerez.
The reigning MotoGP World Champion was the man to beat for the second day of the Grand Prix weekend, starting qualifying at the front with a blistering 1:38.876 lap on his first qualifying run.
The time remained unbeaten until Lorenzo came out on his second run and delivered a stunning 1:38.673 on his sixth lap to secure the number one slot on the grid in front of his home crowd.
“I’m happy with this pole position, it’s a good present for my birthday,” Lorenzo said. “I knew the track was not perfect, it’s very warm and there were a lot of crashes in Moto2 and the previous qualifying. I just tried to make the perfect lap, unfortunately I couldn’t; I made a mistake in two braking zones and went wide and lost some tenths.
“Anyway, in the other corners I was really quick and at the limit so it was enough to make it. It’s going to be tough tomorrow, normally the lap time you make for qualifying you can’t repeat in another time because the tyre drops. We hope to improve the bike a little bit to get more comfortable with pace. Anyway I think we can fight for the win or at least for the podium tomorrow,” Lorenzo said.
Repsol Honda Team riders Dani Pedrosa and Marc Marquez were second and third in qualifying, followed by Cal Crutchlow and Valentino Rossi.