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04 May 2013

Lorenzo takes pole at Jerez

Birthday boy secures pole position at home in a crash-heavy qualifying session

Amaan Ahmed
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Today, May 4, was when Jorge Lorenzo celebrated his 26th birthday. And it wasn't limited to cutting a cake - he made a point by lapping Jerez, his home circuit, the fastest to secure pole position for the first European MotoGP race of the year. He did need a rather chunky slice of luck to help him achieve it, however.

Over the course of the free practice and qualifying sessions, no less than four riders endured falls - Dani Pedrosa, Valentino Rossi, Cal Crutchlow and the latest sensation in MotoGP, Marc Marquez. Crutchlow acquainted himself with the gravel traps right as he went past the newly-named "Jorge Lorenzo" corner (coincidence, or some special Spanish love for the Brit?), while Rossi (whose Factory M1 suffered quite a bit) and Pedrosa were lucky enough to emerge unhurt from high-speed tumbles. Marquez's fall was far less dramatic, but all of this made sure that none of the league's top riders were in with a chance of outpacing the birthday boy, with Pedrosa, the only one to come closest, falling short by a mere two-tenths of a second.

Despite the crashes, Pedrosa and Marquez secured the 2nd and 3rd spots respectively to form an all-Spanish front row, which came as no surprise. Crutchlow recovered well from his freak spill to place 4th, while Rossi took up the fifth spot with Gresini Honda rider Alvaro Bautista alongside him in sixth place.

While it was a good enough birthday gift for Lorenzo, it remains to be seen whether luck would be on the Spaniard's side on Sunday too. If the track isn't as treacherously tricky as today, this could be a closely-contested Spanish bullfight.

Qualifying:
1. Jorge Lorenzo
2. Dani Pedrosa
3. Marc Marquez
4. Cal Crutchlow
5. Valentino Rossi
6. Alvaro Bautista
7. Nicky Hayden
8. Stefan Bradl
9. Andrea Dovizioso
10. Hector Barbera
11. Andrea Iannone
12. Bradley Smith

Tags: jorge lorenzo, lorenzo, moto gp, jerez, motogp

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