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Lorenzo fires back for pole number 8

Lorenzo fires back for pole number 8

Lorenzo fires back for pole number 8

Jorge Lorenzo stepped up to the challenge laid down by 250cc title rival Andrea Dovizioso in today's free practice session, firing back to consolidate the provisional pole that he earned yesterday. A time of 2'02.292, 30 thousandths of a second off his own pole time last season, gave the Spaniard his eight pole of 2006.

Dovizioso was six tenths behind Lorenzo, and will line up alongside his persistent rival on the front row as both attempt to grab the championship by the horns. Hiroshi Aoyama and Hector Barbera join them on the front line for the battle of Brno. Row 2 is headed by Alex de Angelis, 1.3 seconds off Lorenzo's time, with Shuhei Aoyama, Roberto Locatelli and local rider Jakub Smrz close behind. Aleix Espargaro and Alex Debon, who suffered a crash late on, hold ninth and tenth respectively.

There was also a spectacular highside from Marco Simoncelli, although without serious damage to the Italian rider.

GP Gauloises Czech Republic

1. Jorge Lorenzo - Fortuna Aprilia 2'02.292
2. Andrea Dovizioso - Humangest Racing 2'02.952
3. Hiroshi Aoyama - Red Bull KTM 2'03.038
4. Héctor Barberá - Fortuna Aprilia 2'03.092
5. Alex de Angelis - Master MVA Aspar 2'03.685
6. Shuhei Aoyama - Repsol Honda 2'03.770
7. Roberto Locatelli - Team Toth 2'04.204
8. Jakub Smrz - Cardion AB 2'04.380
9. Aleix Espargaró - Wurth Honda BQR 2'04.469
10. Álex Debón - Fortuna Aprilia 2'04.678


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