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Lorenzo targeting front-end improvement for race

Lorenzo targeting front-end improvement for race

The World Championship leader qualified on the front row for the Cardion ab Grand Prix Czech Republic, and survived a late scare with a fall towards the end of qualifying.

Jorge Lorenzo made the best of a tough qualifying session at Brno on Saturday to qualify on the front row, as he took his Fiat Yamaha M1 machine round in the third best time. The Spaniard, who holds a 72-point Championship lead going into Sunday’s round ten race, was not entirely comfortable with the front-end feeling on his machine but managed it well enough to get within 0.357s of pole holder Dani Pedrosa.

"This wasn't the best practice session of the year for us. We made some modifications that didn't work and it was especially a problem in the front, which was closing on me a lot,” said Lorenzo, who escaped a crash at the end of the session uninjured.

“I wasn't fast and I was having to take too many risks. Then I made a mistake and the bike went flying! I really hope the engine is okay for tomorrow, luckily I am not hurt and I was able to get up straight away.”

By that stage Lorenzo had done enough to book his place on the front row and his phenomenal run of having finished inside the top two in all nine races so far this season could be extended tomorrow.

“We are still on the front row and we can't always be on top!” said the 23 year-old. “I think tomorrow will be a tough race but we will see how we can improve our setting and see what happens."

First or second place on Sunday for Lorenzo would make him only the third rider in the 62-year history of GP racing to have placed inside the top two in the first ten races of the season, alongside MotoGP legends Giacomo Agostini and Mick Doohan.

MotoGP, 2010, CARDION AB GRAND PRIX ČESKÉ REPUBLIKY, Jorge Lorenzo, Fiat Yamaha Team

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