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Another front row double for Fiat Yamaha

Another front row double for Fiat Yamaha

Jorge Lorenzo qualified in second place at the Red Bull Indianapolis Grand Prix, just ahead of his team-mate and championship rival Valentino Rossi.

It was another double front row for Fiat Yamaha riders Jorge Lorenzo and Valentino Rossi at Indianapolis on Saturday, with the Spaniard claiming his 12th straight row one start of the season, in second position on the grid, and Rossi his seventh consecutive front row in third place.

Lorenzo pushed hard in the final stages but was not quite able to edge his compatriot Dani Pedrosa off pole position, finishing the session 0.5s adrift of the Honda man.

Rossi meanwhile was consistently in the top three until he was edged out by Alex de Angelis with a little over ten minutes remaining. The standings leader was able to make a last-minute improvement to move back onto the front row with his final lap, but feels he is still lacking rhythm and pace.

Jorge Lorenzo – 2nd

“I’m happy about this qualifying session because we made a big step with our setting from this morning and even from the start of the session. Unfortunately we couldn’t improve any more in the final laps and it’s now six or seven races since I’ve been on pole which is strange for me, because doing one fast lap is usually one of my strong points! The important thing however is that we’re on the front row, we have a good race pace and we are ready to challenge for the win.”

Valentino Rossi – 3rd

“We’re on the front row and this is important but honestly we don’t have enough pace at the moment and I can’t ride how I want to. We don’t have quite enough grip to enable us to push at the maximum. We did a lot of work this afternoon but we’re still not at our best and so now we all need to work to find a way to make another step for tomorrow. We have the warm-up still to use and we will try to be competitive for the race.”

Tags:
MotoGP, 2009, RED BULL INDIANAPOLIS GRAND PRIX, Jorge Lorenzo, Fiat Yamaha Team

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