Lorenzo on pole in Brno

Spaniard sees off Crutchlow challenge for top spot on grid

Last Updated: 25/08/12 4:33pm

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Jorge Lorenzo: Set new lap record

Jorge Lorenzo: Set new lap record

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Championship leader Jorge Lorenzo just saw off the challenge of Britain's Cal Crutchlow to claim pole position for Sunday's Czech Grand Prix.

The Yamaha rider posted a new lap record of one minute 55.799 seconds at Brno as he beat Crutchlow to top spot by just 0.196 secs.

Repsol Honda's Dani Pedrosa had to be content with third place on the grid despite setting the pace in all of the practice sessions leading up to qualifying.

Pedrosa, who trails fellow Spaniard Lorenzo by 18 points at the head of the riders' standings, suffered a crash early in Saturday's session and afterwards never had the pace to compete with the front two.

Crutchlow's second place represents his best qualifying performance in MotoGP, and continued a good day for the Briton after it was announced he would remain with Tech 3 Yamaha next season.

"It's nice to be back in the top three," said Crutchlow. "Hopefully we'll make it in the race. I don't think we're far away. I like the track here and it suits my riding style."

Row two is headed by Lorenzo's team-mate Ben Spies, while Crutchlow's team-mate Andrea Dovizioso was fifth and Ducati's Valentino Rossi sixth.

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