Lorenzo closes on title with pole
Jorge Lorenzo put himself in the perfect position to clinch the MotoGP world championship by taking pole for the Malaysian Grand Prix.
[U]<font color='blue'>Sepang GP MotoGP Qualifying Session</font>[/U]
Pos Rider Team Time Gap
1. Jorge Lorenzo Yamaha 2m01.537s
2. Nicky Hayden Ducati 2m01.637s + 0.100s
3. Andrea Dovizioso Honda 2m01.829s + 0.292s
4. Ben Spies Tech 3 Yamaha 2m01.993s + 0.456s
5. Casey Stoner Ducati 2m02.023s + 0.486s
6. Valentino Rossi Yamaha 2m02.030s + 0.493s
7. Colin Edwards Tech 3 Yamaha 2m02.097s + 0.560s
8. Alvaro Bautista Suzuki 2m02.394s + 0.857s
9. Loris Capirossi Suzuki 2m02.522s + 0.985s
10. Marco Melandri Gresini Honda 2m02.624s + 1.087s
11. Marco Simoncelli Gresini Honda 2m02.690s + 1.153s
12. Aleix Espargaro Pramac Ducati 2m02.723s + 1.186s
13. Randy de Puniet LCR Honda 2m02.775s + 1.238s
14. Hiroshi Aoyama Interwetten Honda 2m02.778s + 1.241s
15. Hector Barbera Aspar Ducati 2m02.928s + 1.391s
16. Mika Kallio Pramac Ducati 2m04.167s + 2.630s
Hayden shocked to be on front row
Nicky Hayden admitted he surprised himself by taking second on the grid at Sepang after struggling to even get into the top 10 in practice.
Poleman Lorenzo says win unlikely
Jorge Lorenzo said he was determined to show his speed by taking pole position at Sepang, as he does not expect to challenge for the win in tomorrow's Malaysian Grand Prix.
Dovizioso promises even stronger race
Andrea Dovizioso has promised to be even faster in tomorrow's Malaysian Grand Prix than he was at Motegi a week ago, having taken third on the grid at Sepang.
Rossi rues lack of soft-tyre speed
Valentino Rossi blamed a lack of pace on the softer tyre after missing out on a front row slot in Malaysian Grand Prix qualifying.
Stoner confident of stronger race pace
Casey Stoner expects to make progress through the field in the Malaysian Grand Prix after only qualifying fifth.
Burgess set to follow Rossi to Ducati
Valentino Rossi's long-time crew chief Jeremy Burgess looks set to join the Italian rider in moving from Yamaha to Ducati.
Suzuki lauds 'heroic' Capirossi
Suzuki team boss Paul Denning described Loris Capirossi's ninth place on the Sepang grid as a 'heroic' achievement following the veteran's practice crash.