Lorenzo on US pole

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Updated: July 29, 2012

Jorge Lorenzo claimed his fourth consecutive pole at Laguna Seca in a dramatic finish to Saturday’s qualifying for the US Grand Prix.

Lorenzo and world champion Casey Stoner exchanged fastest laps in the closing stages of the session in an intriguing battle.

Having endured a misty final practice on Saturday morning, the riders had much better conditions at their disposal for qualifying, with the shine shining brightly.

Lorenzo was quickest during the limited practice and he wasted no time in putting his Yamaha Factory Racing bike back at the top of the timesheets with a 1:20.899, breaking below 1:20 for the first time this weekend.

Dani Pedrosa  the man who had set the pace during Friday’s running  was hot on his compatriot’s heels, just +0.007 behind Lorenzo in his Repsol Honda.

Ben Spies, racing in MotoGP on home soil for the first time, put up a respectable time that was +0.687 off that of his teammate’s.

QUALIFYING TIMES
1. Jorge Lorenzo ESP Yamaha Factory Racing 1:20.554
2. Casey Stoner AUS Repsol Honda + 0.074
3. Dani Pedrosa ESP Repsol Honda + 0.352
4. Ben Spies USA Yamaha Factory Racing + 0.540
5. Cal Crutchlow GBR Monster Yamaha Tech 3 + 0.714
6. Andrea Dovizioso ITA Monster Yamaha Tech 3 + 0.985
7. Alvaro Bautista ESP San Carlo Honda Gresini + 1.178
8. Nicky Hayden USA Ducati Team + 1.180
9. Stefan Bradl GER LCR Honda MotoGP + 1.199
10. Valentino Rossi ITA Ducati Team + 1.990