"Today I became the Spanish rider with the most poles of all time, joint with Aspar, and this is a great honour for me, I feel very proud."
"Our seventh pole of the season, but without actually qualifying!" added team manager Wilco Zeelenberg. "Jorge had quite a big crash this morning when he was pushing quite hard and lost the rear, but he is fine and this is all that matters.
"We wanted to improve our pace in the wet conditions a bit more; when it's drying up we're okay but when it's really wet we're struggling a bit with the rear feeling, so we need to work on this tomorrow morning if possible. Of course we don't know how the weather will be so we will just have to wait and see."
Lorenzo will be joined on the front row of tomorrow's grid by Ducati's Nicky Hayden and the second Fiat Yamaha of Valentino Rossi.
Hayden's team-mate Casey Stoner, winner of three of the last four races, heads row two.
Like Lorenzo, Stoner and Hayden also fell on Saturday morning.