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Lorenzo claims MotoGP pole in Spain

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  • Jorge Lorenzo continues fine form by claiming pole position at Jerez
  • Lorenzo's Yamaha teammate Valentino Rossi qualifies fourth fastest
  • Dani Pedrosa and Casey Stoner complete front row with Lorenzo
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(CNN) -- MotoGP championship leader Jorge Lorenzo claimed pole position in Spain as title holder and Yamaha teammate Valentino Rossi could only manage fourth on the grid.

Lorenzo, fresh from his victory at Motegi in Japan last week, delighted his home crowd in Jerez with the best time of one minute 38.93 seconds.

Fellow Spaniard Dani Pedrosa powered his Honda to the front row, just five hundredths behind with Australia's Casey Stoner on a Ducati half a second back in qualifying third fastest.

Rossi, fastest in Friday's practice sessions, was only fourth best to lead the second row ahead of Randy de Puniet and Suzuki's Loris Capirossi, meaning four different manufacturers are represented on the front two rows.

Lorenzo, who also took pole at the Jerez Frontera circuit last year before finishing third, leads the overall standings with 41 points.

Rossi is just a point behind with Qatar MotoGP winner Stoner in third with 38 after two races.

In the 250cc category, Aprilia's Alex Debon qualified fastest ahead of Hector Barbera. Gilera's Marco Simoncelli will start from third.

Julian Simon of Aprilia claimed pole position in the 125cc category with a fastest lap of one minute 48.237 seconds.

The Spaniard is ahead of British rider Bradley Smith and Italy's Andrea Iannone, who leads the championship.

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