|Lorenzo was the only ‘alien’ not to crash on Saturday
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World championship leader Jorge Lorenzo will start the first European race of the 2013 season from pole position after dominating qualifying this afternoon.
Lorenzo celebrated pole position on his birthday, setting a time of 1.38.637 which was 0.247 seconds ahead of compatriot Dani Pedrosa in a Q2 ‘crash fest’. Lorenzo has eclipsed the practice sessions at his home circuit of Jerez, the 26 year old has only failed to top the timing sheets in FP3 on Saturday morning, when he finished in third.
Lorenzo said “I’m happy with this pole position, it’s a good present for my birthday! I knew the track was not perfect, it’s very warm and there were a lot of crashes in Moto2 and the previous qualifying. I just tried to make the perfect lap, unfortunately I couldn’t; I made a mistake in two braking zones and went wide and lost some tenths. Anyway, in the other corners I was really quick and at the limit so it was enough to make it. It’s going to be tough tomorrow, normally the lap time you make for qualifying you can’t repeat in another time because the tyre drops. We hope to improve the bike a little bit to get more comfortable with pace. Anyway I think we can fight for the win or at least for the podium tomorrow.”