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Lorenzo claims MotoGP pole in Estoril

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  • Jorge Lorenzo claims pole for Portuguese MotoGP at Estoril
  • Spaniard edges Yamaha teammate and championship leader Valentino Rossi
  • Casey Stoner of Australia continues fine return with third fastest time
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(CNN) -- Spain's Jorge Lorenzo revived his MotoGP title hopes by taking pole position for Sunday's Portuguese round at Estoril.

Lorenzo wheelies his way to pole at Estoril on his Yamaha.

Lorenzo wheelies his way to pole at Estoril on his Yamaha.

Lorenzo edged Yamaha teammate and championship leader Valentino Rossi for top spot with returning Australian ace Casey Stoner third fastest.

Lorenzo clocked a time of one minute 36.214 seconds as he attempts to repeat his victory in the corresponding race last year.

Rossi, who has an imposing 30-point lead in the standings, was 0.260 seconds slower, just edging Ducati star Stoner.

The reigning world champion has won five times on the circuit and a sixth on Sunday will leave him well-placed for yet another global title.

Lorenzo was claiming his fifth pole of the season, but has yet to convert these advantages into victory.

Stoner told reporters he was "delighted to return in such a way" after missing three races due to a mystery virus.

Spain's Dani Pedrosa was a distant fourth in qualifying on his Repsol honda with Colin Edwards of the United States in fifth.

France's Randy de Puniet completed the second row in sixth fastest.

Loris Capirossi, Andrea Dovizioso and forner world champion Nicky Hayden are on the third row.

In the 125cc category, Julian Simon of Aprilia claimed his seventh pole of the season and can clinch the title this weekend.

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