Lorenzo secures pole with last gasp effort

Updated: October 13, 2012

Championship leader, Jorge Lorenzo clocked a record lap of one minute, 44.969 seconds as the chequered flag fell at Motegi’s Twin Ring circuit, comfortably faster than main title rival Dani Pedrosa’s Honda.

Pedrosa, the main title rival this season to the Yamaha rider 33 points behind his compatriot, was at the top of the times for much of qualifying, starts from second.

Britain’s Cal Crutchlow was third quickest in 1:45.257 with American Ben Spies, also on a Yamaha, fourth in 1:45.336.

Australian world champion Casey Stoner, returning after ankle surgery, was seventh quickest on his Honda in 1:45.745 having missed the last three races.

1. Jorge LORENZO SPA Yamaha Factory Racing 1’44.969
2. Dani PEDROSA SPA Repsol Honda Team 1’45.215 0.246
3. Cal CRUTCHLOW GBR Monster Yamaha Tech 3 1’45.257 0.288
4. Ben SPIES USA Yamaha Factory Racing 1’45.336 0.367
5. Alvaro BAUTISTA SPA San Carlo Honda Gresini 1’45.481 0.512
6. Andrea DOVIZIOSO ITA Monster Yamaha Tech 3 1’45.612 0.643
7. Casey STONER AUS Repsol Honda Team 1’45.745 0.776
8. Stefan BRADL GER LCR Honda MotoGP 1’45.848 0.879
9. Valentino ROSSI ITA Ducati Team 1’45.976 1.007
10. Nicky HAYDEN USA Ducati Team 1’46.461 1.492