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First pole of 2010 thrills Lorenzo

First pole of 2010 thrills Lorenzo

The World Championship leader will try to extend his advantage from top spot on the grid at the AirAsia British Grand Prix, and was extremely pleased with the performance of his machine in qualifying.

Jorge Lorenzo was unable to conceal his huge satisfaction at a first pole of the 2010 season after qualifying in first place for the AirAsia British Grand Prix, as he bids to extend his 25-point lead at the top of the World Championship in Sunday’s race.

The Spaniard is the only premier class rider to have started from the front row in every race this season but was yet to do so from pole, and his happiness was doubled by the feeling on board his M1 on the new track.

"I am so happy about this first pole of the season, but I'm even happier about the fact that I felt so good on my M1 this afternoon,” said the 23 year-old after securing the 10th premier class pole of his career. “It is really important to be on the front row for tomorrow because this gives us the best chance of another podium.”

Assessing his qualification session as a whole in which he enjoyed an engrossing battle with Randy de Puniet for the top time, Lorenzo continued: “Today we did 18 consecutive laps with the hard tyre and then another eight with the soft, which is a good sign, but the track was quite cold today and it took time for the tyres to reach the right temperature, so we have to wait and see how the weather is for our final choice. I feel comfortable and I'm really looking forward to tomorrow, although I hope it isn't going to rain. Thanks to all of my team for doing a great job today."

Lorenzo is in search of his third win of the campaign after two victories and two second places in the four rounds so far. The last time he started from pole was at Estoril last season, a race he won.

MotoGP, 2010, AIRASIA BRITISH GRAND PRIX, Jorge Lorenzo, Fiat Yamaha Team

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