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Lorenzo focused on race, Spies happy

Lorenzo focused on race, Spies happy

Yamaha Factory Racing rider Jorge Lorenzo will defend his nine point advantage in the MotoGP World Championship by starting from pole position in tomorrow’s bwin Grande Prémio de Portugal.

The Spaniard who is on a run of 22 successive top-four finishes, grabbed pole position off Marco Simoncelli who had been the pace setter the previous day. The reigning champion had been in the top four spots all weekend, but achieved the quickest lap time of 1’37.161 in the qualifying session, to head the front row of the grid. The 23 year old is focused on gaining a good start for tomorrow’s race and could claim his fourth successive victory out of a possible four in Estoril.

After a difficult start to the weekend for Ben Spies (Yamaha Factory Racing), the American was pleased to qualify in fifth place on the second row. After struggling with his set-up in Portugal, the former World Superbike champion is hoping for a good race tomorrow after crashing out in the previous round in Jerez.

Jorge Lorenzo, Yamaha Factory Racing

“Today has been complicated, I got pole by just by a tenth in the end, managing five good laps with the softer tyre. The most important thing is the race though, not that I have 43 pole position starts. This track is strange to ride on, quite old with lots of holes, so you have to ride with care. I need a good start tomorrow, to be focused, intelligent and to have good luck. The bike is improving, it’s much better in the fast corners, but we could be faster on the straight.”

Ben Spies, Yamaha Factory Racing

“It was a good session for us; we definitely made the bike better after we’ve been struggling a bit this weekend. I knew we were capable of it if we got the bike working with the right set up. We’re not 100%, but I’m happy to be in the middle of the second row. Hopefully we can get a good start and put together a good race. I’m definitely feeling a lot better after qualifying than I did yesterday.”

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MotoGP, 2011, bwin GRANDE PREMIO DE PORTUGAL, Jorge Lorenzo, Ben Spies, Yamaha Factory Racing

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