MotoGP pole for Jorge Lorenzo in Japanese Grand Prix
Last Updated: October 14, 2012 7:05am
Jorge Lorenzo (L): Left it late before securing pole for the Japanese Grand Prix
Jorge Lorenzo is on pole for Sunday's Japanese Grand Prix at Motegi after securing a track record late in the final qualifying session.
Repsol Honda rider Dani Pedrosa looked to have secured pole with a time of one minute 45.215 seconds to help boost his chances of closing the 33-point gap on his fellow Spaniard at the top of the standings.
But Lorenzo stormed round the Motegi circuit in 1min 44.969sec just before the end of the session to seal his spot at the front of the grid.
Great Britain's Cal Crutchlow completes the front row after staying on his bike when he looked set to crash out, while Yamaha's Ben Spies lies in fourth place despite a late crash.
The American was joined on row two by Alvaro Bautista and Crutchlow's team-mate Andrea Dovizioso.
Casey Stoner starts from seventh place on his return from injury, with Stefan Bradl, who recovered from a bad crash to return to the track, and Valentino Rossi joining him on the third row.
Rossi's Ducati team-mate Nicky Hayden, struggling with a fracture in his right arm, was 10th.