Lorenzo storms to record pole

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Updated: August 26, 2012

World championship leader Jorge Lorenzo will start on pole for Sunday’s Czech Republic MotoGP after finishing fastest in qualifying today.

The Yamaha rider clocked 1min 55.799 seconds for his fourth pole of the season, setting a new circuit record and leaving Yamaha’s Cal Crutchlow 0.196 seconds behind in second place.

Spain’s Dani Pedrosa, trailing Lorenzo by 18 points in the world championship, came in third 0.528 seconds behind after dominating all three free practices.

Lorenzo’s Yamaha teammate Ben Spies of the United States finished fourth in qualifying, ahead of two Italians — Andrea Dovizioso (Yamaha) and Ducati star Valentino Rossi.

Defending champion Casey Stoner sits this week out as he recovers from an injury sustained last week at the Indy circuit.

1. Jorge Lorenzo (ESP/Yamaha) 1min 55.799sec
2. Cal Crutchlow (GBR/Yamaha) at 0.196s
3. Dani Pedrosa (ESP/Honda) 0.528
4. Ben Spies (USA/Yamaha) 0.532
5. Andrea Dovizioso (ITA/Yamaha) 0.760
6. Valentino Rossi (ITA/Ducati) 0.936
7. Stefan Bradl (GER/Honda) 1.028
8. Alvaro Bautista (ESP/Honda) 1.269
9. Karel Abraham (CZE/Ducati) 1.974
10. Randy de Puniet (FRA/ART) 2.045