MotoGP - Spanish Duel for Jerez Qualifying

Pedrosa (photo by MotoGP)After yet again more mixed weather conditions a thrilling Pole position shootout between Spaniard Jorge Lorenzo and his compatriot Dani Pedrosa

 swapping the lead on numerous occasions, With eventually Lorenzo getting the better of Pedrosa with a time of 1.39'532 to take pole position.
Lorenzo will be hoping to take a hat-trick at Jerez tomorrow in front of his home fans, but with rain forecast and Pedrosa hot on Lorenzo's heels the race looks set to be as thrilling as today's Qualifying session.
Ducati's Nicky Hayden completed the front row followed by Monster Yamaha Tech3 rider Cal Crutchlow who after a fall managed fourth place.
Current world champion Casey Stoner could not better his Repsol Honda team mate and ended up fifth, Beating Pole setter Lorenzo's Yamaha team mate Ben Spies and Andrea Dovizioso on his Monster Tech3 bike.
San Carlo Honda Gresini rider Alvaro Bautista didn't let this morning's final practise crash affect him as he took eighth place, With LCR Honda rider Stefan Bradl behind in ninth.
Rounding out the top ten was Power Electronics Aspar rider Randy De Puniet.
After showing promise in earlier practise sessions Valentino Rossi could not follow his team mate to place his Ducati among the top ten and could only manage 13th place.
With track conditions being very mixed this led to rider's being caught out on a dry track and wet patches, Including Avintia Blusens ' Yonny Hernandez, San Carlo Honda Gresini's Michele Pirro, Pramac Racing Team's Hector Barbera and NGM Mobile Forward Racing's Colin Edwards who starts at the back of the grid, all suffering from crashes throughout the Qualifying session.
It will be the first time since 2010 that three different bike manufacturers will start from the front row.  By Laura Turner

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