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Lorenzo raises the bar

Lorenzo raises the bar

Lorenzo raises the bar

Jorge Lorenzo set the pace on the second day of qualifying for the 125cc class in Qatar, clocking the fastest time in both the morning and the afternoon sessions to comfortably take pole position for Saturday's race.

The Derbi youngster was over a second faster than nearest challenger Andrea Dovizioso in the free practice but the series leader closed to within 0.284 seconds in the afternoon, sealing second place on the grid with his last lap on the Honda.

Aprilia rider Steve Jenkner also mounted a late assault on the front row, moving up to third place but never really threatening Lorenzo's pole time, whilst Casey Stoner made it four manufacturers on the front row by sealing fourth on the KTM.

Roberto Locatelli gave himself a good chance of success in tomorrow's race by sealing the front spot on the second row in fifth place but fellow title challenger Hector Barbera was not so lucky and will start from 14th place. The pair trail Dovizioso at the top of the standings by 52 and 45 points respectively.

Tags:
125cc, 2004, MARLBORO GRAND PRIX OF QATAR, QP2

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