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Moto GP: Jorge Lorenzo smashes Brno record to claim pole

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Jorge Lorenzo claimed pole at the Czech Republic Moto GP by setting a new record lap in Saturday's qualifying session at the Brno Automotodrom.

The Yamaha rider clocked the magic time of one minute 54.989 seconds in hot afternoon conditions to pip reigning champion Marc Marquez of Honda to the top of the grid.

Lorenzo had already recorded the day's previous fastest lap in the Q2 session. However, his final outing marked the first occasion any rider has clocked under one minute 55 seconds on the Brno circuit.

Marquez finished 0.074 seconds behind Lorenzo whose Yamaha teammate Valentino Rossi was third fastest to complete the front row for Sunday's race.

Perfect race impossible

"My pole position lap was very good, almost perfect, except maybe the last corner wasn't because I had a lot of wheel spin," Lorenzo later said in comments carried by the official Moto GP website.

"But a perfect lap is impossible, so we have to be very satisfied. I am confident for tomorrow because I think we have a great base setting," he added.

Defending Moto GP champion Marquez, who is currently third in the overall standings behind Lorenzo and outright leader Rossi, admitted that the impressive Lorenzo was just too hot to handle Saturday.

"Already there I understood, OK, today the pole position will be difficult," said the 22-year-old, who has won the last two MotoGP races but struggled for speed on occasion this week.

"We must be happy because yesterday we were really far... and today we were closer and closer, maybe not close enough, but for the race distance I feel happy."

Starting from the front

Rossi described making the front row as extremely important after a series of below par qualifying performances this year.

"Jorge and Marc are very fast from the beginning and if you start behind, it becomes impossible to stay with them," said the nine-time world champion.

"It's very important to start from the front row because it will be a very hard race," Rossi added.

Source: This article first appeared on CNN.

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