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Jorge Lorenzo celebrates 26th birthday with pole position in crash fest Jerez

Fifteen minutes of pure adrenaline and high profile crashes characterized today’s MotoGP QP2 session at Jerez de la Frontera.
Jorge Lorenzo celebrated his 26th birthaday with another pole position – his second of the season and the 53rd of his career.

As usual the reigning World champion was picture perfect, seeminbly never making the slightest mistake and not feeling the pressure that many of the other riders display during the time attack nor suffering any lack of grip, even with the high track temperatures that caught out three riders with all front end crashes.

Lorenzo took the pole position with a best lap of 1.
38.
673, while his closest rivals, except for Marc Marquez who will start in third, all crashed out.
Dani Pedrosa was the second fastest rider, but in his last flying lap suffered a high speed crash binning his Repsol Honda and he was able to walk away, but he helps complete an all Spanish front row.
Cal Cruthlow will open the second row, but the Yamaha Tech3 rider binned his M1 in FP4 and then again in qualifying, scaring everone when he bounced around the asphalt before ending up in the gravel.

He was able to rejoin and go slightly faster even with his second bike.
Valentino Rossi was the other rider who crashed out and he left pieces of his M1 scattered in the gravel.
The Italian is still losing a massive amount of time in the final sector.
Alvaro will be the final rider on the second row.
Nicky Hayden for the first time this season qualified ahead of his team mate Andrea Dovizio, in seventh and ahead of Stefan Bradl who just made it into QP2 with his last flying lap in QP1.
Andrea Dovizioso qualified 9th ahead of an impressive Hector Barbera with his CRT machine, who closed out the top ten.
Andrea Iannone was only 11th, but he was carrying a knee injury picked up during FP4.
Bradley Smith was 12th and he too was able to make into QP2 after coming second in QP1.
2013 MotoGP Jerez Qualifying 2 results:01- Jorge Lorenzo – Yamaha Factory Racing – Yamaha YZR M1 – 1’38.
673 02- Dani Pedrosa – Repsol Honda Team – Honda RC213V – + 0.
247 03- Marc Marquez – Repsol Honda Team – Honda RC213V – + 0.
298 04- Cal Crutchlow – Monster Yamaha Tech 3 – Yamaha YZR M1 – + 0.
589 05- Valentino Rossi – Yamaha Factory Racing – Yamaha YZR M1 – + 0.
627 06- Alvaro Bautista – GO&FUN Honda Gresini – Honda RC213V – + 0.
836 07- Nicky Hayden – Ducati Team – Ducati Desmosedici GP13 – + 0.
981 08- Stefan Bradl – LCR Honda MotoGP – Honda RC213V – + 1.
174 09- Andrea Dovizioso – Ducati Team – Ducati Desmosedici GP13 – + 1.
175 10- Hector Barbera – Avintia Blusens – BQR FTR – + 1.
307 11- Andrea Iannone – Energy T.
I.
Pramac Racing – Ducati Desmosedici GP13 – + 1.
414 12- Bradley Smith – Monster Yamaha Tech 3 – Yamaha YZR M1 – + 1.
6832013 MotoGP Jerez starting grid:01- Jorge Lorenzo – Yamaha Factory Racing – Yamaha YZR M1 02- Dani Pedrosa – Repsol Honda Team – Honda RC213V 03- Marc Marquez – Repsol Honda Team – Honda RC213V 04- Cal Crutchlow – Monster Yamaha Tech 3 – Yamaha YZR M1 05- Valentino Rossi – Yamaha Factory Racing – Yamaha YZR M1 06- Alvaro Bautista – GO&FUN Honda Gresini – Honda RC213V 07- Nicky Hayden – Ducati Team – Ducati Desmosedici GP13 08- Stefan Bradl – LCR Honda MotoGP – Honda RC213V 09- Andrea Dovizioso – Ducati Team – Ducati Desmosedici GP13 10- Hector Barbera – Avintia Blusens – BQR FTR 11- Andrea Iannone – Energy T.
I.
Pramac Racing – Ducati Desmosedici GP13 12- Bradley Smith – Monster Yamaha Tech 3 – Yamaha YZR M1 13- Aleix Espargaro – Power Electronics Aspar – ART GP13 14- Michele Pirro – Ducati Test Team – Ducati Desmosedici GP13 15- Randy De Puniet – Power Electronics Aspar – ART GP13 16- Hiroshi Aoyama – Avintia Blusens – BQR FTR 17- Danilo Petrucci – CAME Iodaracing Project – Ioda Suter BMW 18- Bryan Staring – GO&FUN Honda Gresini – FTR Honda MGP13 19- Claudio Corti – NGM Mobile Forward Racing – FTR Kawasaki 20- Colin Edwards – NGM Mobile Forward Racing – FTR Kawasaki 21- Yonny Hernandez – Paul Bird Motorsport – ART GP13 22- Michael Laverty – Paul Bird Motorsport – PBM 01 23- Lukas Pesek – CAME Iodaracing Project – Ioda Suter BMW

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