Catalunyan GP: Yamaha qualifying report

Lorenzo charges to Catalan pole, Yoshikawa makes steady improvement Jorge Lorenzo took an impressive third straight pole at his home track of Montmelo this afternoon, Fiat Yamaha's championship leader storming to his 12th MotoGP pole with an ...

Lorenzo charges to Catalan pole, Yoshikawa makes steady improvement

Jorge Lorenzo took an impressive third straight pole at his home track of Montmelo this afternoon, Fiat Yamaha's championship leader storming to his 12th MotoGP pole with an impressive lap that was 0.364 seconds faster than Casey Stoner in second. His temporary team-mate Wataru Yoshikawa made an impressive improvement of more than two seconds, as he continues to gain a deeper understanding of Valentino Rossi's YZR-M1. 23-year-old Lorenzo was fastest once again in morning practice but spent most of the qualifying session a little further down the standings, as he concentrated on perfecting his race set-up and gathering as much information as possible about the two available Bridgestone tyre compounds. With just under ten minutes to go he leapt up the leader board to take pole, surrendering it briefly to Stoner before improving again on both of his next two laps to ensure himself a hat-trick of pole positions from the last three races. Having learnt the track yesterday, Yoshikawa was able to spend a little more time today working on the set-up of his M1, finishing 17th. He made a significant improvement and is hopeful of gathering some useful information and improving further still during tomorrow's race. With more soaring temperatures today, tomorrow's 25-lap race looks like being a scorching affair when the lights go out at 1400 CET.

Jorge Lorenzo Position: 1st Time: 1'42.046 Laps: 29

"I'm really happy with this third pole position, it seems we're doing a very good job and it's very special to get it at my home round. It was a hard session but finally I was able to do some quick laps at the end with the soft tyre. It is so hot here and I think it's easy to say that tomorrow will be the hardest race so far this season. I will have to concentrate extra hard in this weather and also make sure that my physical condition is the best it can be. The tyres are going to be very important and we still have to make a final choice; before the practice we thought we had chosen but we're not so sure now so we will have to make our final decision tomorrow after warm-up."

Wataru Yoshikawa Position: 17th Time: 1'45.759 Laps: 20

"I think I did a bit better on this second day here in Barcelona, and now that I understood the track more I was able to work on some small setting details and make some adjustments. I think that I can improve even more tomorrow, even though the race will be very hard. I will do my best to stay in touch and use the time to gather as much information as possible, which can help Yamaha in future development."

Wilco Zeelenberg Team Manager

"It's our third pole in a row and we're really happy about this. Jorge was once again very mature today, not getting distracted with an early fight for times but concentrating on finding the best set-up and managing to improve his race-pace before putting in some fast laps at the end. We still need to decide about the tyres because at the moment our choice keeps changing, especially on the rear. They're both good but we will have to wait for tomorrow to make the final decision."

Davide Brivio Team Manager

"Wataru improved his lap time a lot today. It's very difficult for him here; it's a new track, it's very hot and he's been away from racing for a long time, so he's not used to pushing hard in a short time. He has made a big effort and is getting quicker, so tomorrow we will see what happens. We know he will try his very best."

-source: yamaha

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Series MotoGP
Drivers Valentino Rossi , Jorge Lorenzo , Casey Stoner , Davide Brivio , Wataru Yoshikawa