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Lorenzo takes maiden Grand Prix pole

Lorenzo takes maiden Grand Prix pole

Lorenzo takes maiden Grand Prix pole

Three weeks after his historic first victory in Rio De Janeiro, Jorge Lorenzo today took his first ever pole position at the Marlboro Malaysian Motorcycle Grand Prix in an open and entertaining final qualifying practice. The Derbi rider snatched pole at the end of the session from fellow Spaniard Dani Pedrosa, who will take his Honda in search of the 125cc title tomorrow from second place on the grid. Mika Kallio turned out his best ever performance in third place to give KTM their first ever from row start whilst Casey Stoner made it four factories on the front row as he sealed fourth on the Aprilia.

Steve Jenkner dropped to fifth in the late push for times, whilst Swiss youngster Thomas Luthi returned to the second row in sixth. Pablo Nieto made the most of a tag on the final lap from Andrea Dovizioso, snatching seventh place and relegating the Italian to eighth. Stefano Perugini, who needs to finish within ten points of Pedrosa tomorrow to keep his slim title chances alive, starts from the third row in ninth.

Tags:
125cc, 2003, Marlboro Malaysian Motorcycle Grand Prix

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