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Solving traction control problem key to pole for Lorenzo

Solving traction control problem key to pole for Lorenzo

Fiat Yamaha rider says late electronics adjustment was vital to securing his third pole of 2009 at the Gran Premi Cinzano de Catalunya on Saturday.

Jorge Lorenzo maintained his 100% front-row qualifying record for the 2009 season with another pole position at his home track on Saturday, outpacing team-mate Valentino Rossi by just 0.013 seconds - thanks to a traction control tweak.

Lorenzo did battle with Rossi, Casey Stoner and Andrea Dovizioso in the final minutes and with his Italian team-mate on provisional pole with seconds to go Lorenzo laid down a 1’41.974s time - to snatch the top spot after some adjustments to his electronics set-up just before his hot lap.

“I’m happy with this pole position because we had some problems with the soft tyre, we had too much traction control, so I didn’t have enough power,” Lorenzo explained. “Then when I had my last opportunity for a fast lap we went down to just a little bit of traction control and I was able to go faster.”

Asked about his prospects for a third win of the season, the 22 year-old stated, “It is going to be a very difficult race for everyone and I am expecting a very good fight with Valentino, who has a very strong pace. It looks like Stoner and Dovizioso will be there too so I hope it’s an exciting race for the fans. I have a good rhythm here and I feel very comfortable on the bike so I am just going to stay focused and think about having a great race.”

MotoGP, 2009, GRAN PREMI CINZANO DE CATALUNYA, Jorge Lorenzo, Fiat Yamaha Team

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