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Lorenzo takes important pole

"For sure Lorenzo is nervous, as anyone would be, but it didn't seem to affect him today so I am sure he will be okay tomorrow..."
Jorge Lorenzo has qualified on pole position for the first of his four chances to secure the 2010 MotoGP World Championship.

The Fiat Yamaha star has a lead of 69 points over the injured, and absent, Dani Pedrosa, meaning he only needs ninth in Sunday's Malaysian race to wrap up his first premier-class title.

Lorenzo, knocked off the front row for the first time this year last weekend in Japan, showed no sign of nerves as he claimed his sixth pole of the season by just 0.1sec from Ducati's Nicky Hayden on his last flying lap of qualifying.

"I really wanted to fight for the pole position today, because I know the race tomorrow is going to be tough and it will be difficult to battle for the victory," said Lorenzo. "We were strong throughout the session and in the end we did a great lap; I am so happy to be back on pole."

Looking ahead to Sunday's race, Lorenzo admitted it will be unlike any other.

"Now the moment is arriving, it's such an important day for my career and I'm excited for tomorrow," he said. "We are starting in the best shape and we just have to see what happens. For now we will try to stay calm and focused!"

Team manager Wilco Zeelenberg revealed that Lorenzo will use the latest Yamaha engine for the first time in a race on Sunday - team-mate Valentino Rossi running the upgraded powerplant since the start of the Motegi weekend.

"The bike is really good and the new engine is working well, so we will use it tomorrow," said Zeelenberg.

"It's difficult to judge how the race will be, for sure he is nervous, as anyone would be, but it didn't seem to affect him today so I am sure he will be okay tomorrow.

"Let's see what happens!"

Rossi will start sixth on the grid.



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Andrew Long

October 09, 2010 12:38 PM

Lone Wolf - he will win the championship because he will have more points than the person in next place. It's not a beauty contest, nor a competition to organise the best heroics when winning races, nor a contestant to brag about championships won or even a wingefest to say you would have done better if not injured. Lorenzo doesn't have the personality of Rossi but he deserves the title. Can you imagine what 2011 will be like with Lorenzo, Rossi, Stoner and Pedrosa all vying for wins. Bring it on.

Jon Don Letoy - Unregistered

October 09, 2010 11:11 AM

So Lorenzo can't setup a bike? What I see is he's just awesome on a soft tyre as well as on hard one, while Stoner and Rossi quite fast on hard tyre but couldn't make it work on soft tyre.... This guy is a real deal, it just his attitude that I really don't like.



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