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Lorenzo pips Rossi for Catalan pole

SPANIARD Jorge Lorenzo produced a storming late qualifying lap yesterday to pip Yamaha teammate Valentino Rossi to pole position for today's Catalan MotoGP.

In sweltering conditions at Barcelona's Circuit de Catalunya, the 22-year-old clocked a fastest time of 1:41.974 to beat the Italian world champion by 0.013 seconds and secure his third pole of 2009. Championship leader Casey Stoner qualified third on his Ducati, 0.452 seconds behind Lorenzo. Australian Stoner leads the standings after five of the season's 17 races with 90 points, followed by Lorenzo on 86 and Rossi on 81.


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