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MotoGP front row look to heaven after Saturday qualifying

MotoGP front row look to heaven after Saturday qualifying

After Jorge Lorenzo took his third MotoGP pole from as many races in the class, the front row riders gave their thoughts on events on a sunny Saturday in Estoril.

After Jorge Lorenzo took his third MotoGP pole from as many races in the class, the front row riders gave their thoughts on events on a sunny Saturday in Estoril.

`We more or less expected this,´ said the confident Spaniard, who had good reason for high hopes after pole positions in Qatar and Spain. `We didn't get a perfect lap, but in the end it was enough for pole.´

The impressive run of rookie pole positions –unheard of in the premier class- is something to savour for the Fiat Yamaha rider, and he can barely believe it himself.

`It´s like we´re in heaven, dreaming; for us everything that happens right now, whether it be pole positions or podiums, is a gift. Tomorrow we will fight as we always do, but still we have no pressure to win races and championships. If victory comes one day, then we´ll be the happiest people on earth.´

The man intrinsically linked with Lorenzo since his MotoGP arrival, both in the press and on the podium, will be alongside him on the grid tomorrow afternoon. Repsol Honda´s Dani Pedrosa was second fastest in the qualifying session, but believes there is still work to do ahead of the race.

`We still have to prepare the tyres and see what the weather brings. I´m looking forward to the race and will try to do the maximum, looking to improve the whole package. There is still some room for improvement,´ said the current World Championship leader.

The sole Bridgestone representative on the front row, Valentino Rossi was in the first qualifying top three since his switch from Michelin. He also pinpoints the weather as a crucial factor of what is to come tomorrow.

`Our race setup is not so bad; the bike is working quite well and we are on the front row with Bridgestone, so we are on target,´ said the Fiat Yamaha man.

`The front row is very important for tomorrow, because the first laps are difficult, and it will really depend on the wet or dry conditions and temperatures as far as our tyre choice goes.´

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MotoGP, 2008, bwin.com GRANDE PREMIO DE PORTUGAL, Jorge Lorenzo, Valentino Rossi, Dani Pedrosa

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