Although a front row qualifier at all 13 events so far in the 2009 MotoGP World Championship, Jorge Lorenzo has now gone five races without a pole position.
“It's very strange. This season is one of my worst for pole positions, but it is also one of the best seasons of my career!” said Lorenzo, who has won three races and taken ten podiums this year.
“Maybe we lost some possibility for pole positions, but we have gained in the races so it's not bad," he added.
Lorenzo's four poles from the first eight races equals his total for the entire 2008 season, although he spent eight races riding with injuries during the middle part of his rookie campaign.
But the Spaniard certainly had a far superior pole record during his title winning seasons in the 250cc class, claiming 11 out of 16 poles in 2006 and 12 out of 17 in 2007.
The last time Lorenzo scored less than four poles in a season was during his second full year of 125cc racing in 2004, when he started from the front of the grid on two occasions.
Lorenzo will start the final four rounds of the 2009 MotoGP World Championship 30 points behind team-mate Valentino Rossi.
Rossi has taken six pole positions this season, marking his best pole year as a Yamaha rider. Rossi's pole peak was in 2003 when he took nine for Repsol Honda.
The ten poles taken so far by the Fiat Yamaha team-mates equals Yamaha's best ever haul of premier-class poles in a single season - achieved in both 1978 and 1988.