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MotoGP Brno: Lorenzo takes pole with Crutchlow second

Factory Yamaha's Jorge Lorenzo took advantage of an early crash from Dani Pedrosa to bag pole position for tomorrow's Brno MotoGP round but he was chased hard by Britain's Cal Crutchlow as the pair were the only riders to break the 1'56s barrier in qualifying.

Lorenzo set an outright circuit record with his 1'55.799 after a dire performance in final free practice while Crutchlow, also under the existing fastest lap, got up from an early crash to go less than two-tenths slower than the 2010 world champion to secure his best-ever qualifying position.

Pedrosa, who had led every session until the one that counted, was a faller right at the top of the hour and it took him until his last laps to find some pace, just edging out Ben Spies, on the second works M1 who abandoned his final flier even though he was quickest in the first sector. Pedrosa complained of chatter from his spare bike, adding that is felt a lot more rigid than his favoured RC213V.

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Andrea Dovizioso sits in the middle of row two and is three-quarters of a second off the pace while the man he replaces at Ducati next year, Valentino Rossi, is clearly enjoying the Czech Republic circuit with sixth-fastest time and less than a second off the pace.

Stefan Bradl, who is rumoured to be in the frame to replace Casey Stoner during his injury, is seventh on the LCR Honda ahead of Alvaro Bautista on the sister HRC bike. Karel Abraham is ninth on the circuit owned by his dad while Randy De Puniet is tenth and top CRT man.

Aleix Espargaro and Yonny Hernandez are directly behind him in the standings while Colin Edwards is 15th and James Ellison 17th.

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