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MotoGP leader Lorenzo fastest in Silverstone qualifying

Jorge Lorenzo, right, is on track to extend his lead in the world MotoGP championship standings.
Jorge Lorenzo, right, is on track to extend his lead in the world MotoGP championship standings.
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • Spanish motorcyclist Jorge Lorenzo claims pole position for Sunday's British Grand Prix
  • Lorenzo will seek to extend his lead in MotoGP standings in race at Silverstone
  • He will start a race from the front of the grid for the first time this season
  • Randy De Puniet and Dani Pedrosa second and third after both crash late in session

(CNN) -- World MotoGP championship leader Jorge Lorenzo has earned his first pole position of 2010 to head the grid for Sunday's British Grand Prix.

The Spaniard, leading the Fiat Yamaha team with world champion Valentino Rossi sidelined with a broken leg, set the quickest time of two minutes 3.308 seconds at Silverstone on Saturday.

"I am so happy about this first pole of the season, but I'm even happier about the fact that I felt so good on my M1 this afternoon," the 23-year-old told the MotoGP website after winning the 10th pole of his career.

"It is really important to be on the front row for tomorrow because this gives us the best chance of another podium."

Maybe the bike went over me and at that moment it hurt, but afterwards the pain went away so I'm okay
--Dani Pedrosa
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France's Randy De Puniet was second fastest on a Honda in 2:03.434, while Lorenzo's compatriot Dani Pedrosa (2:03.586) will start in third place as he seeks to follow up his victory last time out in Italy -- where Rossi crashed out during practice on his home circuit.

Both De Puniet and Pedrosa suffered late crashes in qualifying, with the latter fit to race on Sunday despite being stretchered off the circuit after badly bruising his knees.

"I hit some bumps and then the front started to move a lot and then had a little slide. Maybe the bike went over me and at that moment it hurt, but afterwards the pain went away so I'm okay for tomorrow," Pedrosa said.

De Puniet is looking forwadr to the race despite injuring a thumb in his spill.

"It's my first time on the front row for three years and the first time with the LCR Honda team, so I'm delighted!" he told MotoGP.com.

"I made a mistake with the crash but today I gave the maximum so it doesn't matter that I crashed. I have a bit of pain in my finger, I don't know what happened to it in the fall, but besides that I have no more problems and I'll be ready to push in the race."

Andrea Dovizioso, who was third at Mugello, will start the English race from fourth ahead of Ducati's former world champions Nicky Hayden and Casey Stoner.

Yamaha's Ben Spies was seventh ahead of Italian Honda duo Marco Melandri and Marco Simoncelli, while his veteran fellow American Colin Edwards rounded out the top 10.

Lorenzo holds a 25-point lead over Pedrosa after four races, with Rossi -- who may not race again for months -- another four points adrift in third.

Dovizioso is fourth on 58 points, 42 behind Lorenzo, with Hayden fifth on 39 and De Puniet sixth on 36.

Australian Stoner, the 2008 champion, is way back in eighth on 24 points.