Jorge Lorenzo secures vital pole position for the Malaysian Grand Prix at Sepang
Last Updated: 21/10/12 9:38am
Jorge Lorenzo: Pole sitter for Sunday's Malaysian Grand Prix
Jorge Lorenzo secured his seventh pole position of the season in Malaysia to give his MotoGP championship hopes a boost.
Lorenzo set a new track record of two minutes, 00.334 seconds around Sepang to beat Dani Pedrosa in the race for top spot on Sunday's grid.
The two Spanish riders are in a head-to-head battle for the 2012 crown, with Lorenzo 28 points ahead of Pedrosa going into the final three races of the season.
Pedrosa ran fastest in the final practice session early on Saturday morning but it was Lorenzo who found more pace on his Yamaha when it mattered to take the all-important slim advantage on the front row of the grid.
Lorenzo could even win the title, repeating his Sepang feat from 2010, if he wins the race and Pedrosa fails to finish and he is expecting even more from his machine despite record-breaking qualifying pace.
"We need to still work a little on our pace as it's not extremely good yet but we have some options for Sunday," Lorenzo said. "Let's see what happens, it's going to be a long race in difficult conditions,"
Pedrosa added: "It was hard because we had a lot of chattering this afternoon and it was very difficult to get a clean lap as in some areas the bike was chattering too much, even in the straight. Nevertheless, we managed to get on the front row again and the second position is good."
Andrea Dovizioso took third place ahead of Casey Stoner with Britain's Cal Crutchlow back in fifth ahead of Ben Spies.