Lorenzo, who also took pole at this race last year, was fastest in this morning’s free practice and looked in sublime form from the start of the qualifying session, moving to the top after just a few laps. He spent the middle part of the session fine-tuning the setting of his M1 ahead of tomorrow’s race and relinquished the top spot for some time, before turning his attention back to lap times with eight minutes remaining and retaking the lead. His only real challenger for pole was Casey Stoner, who edged the Mallorcan back into second with four minutes remaining but the championship-leader produced a stunning display on his penultimate lap to better the Australian’s time by 0.191 seconds and take his fifth pole in a row.
Laguna Seca is proving less forgiving to Rossi on his return from injury than Sachsenring was last week and the World Champion struggled physically around the 3610m track today. The biggest problem for him this afternoon was in the shoulder he injured back in April, in which he still lacks power and suffers in the hard braking areas. That said the Italian is confident that some small changes in tomorrow’s warm-up can help him to find a few more tenths and he will do all he can to race competitively in tomorrow’s 32-lap race.
Jorge Lorenzo – Position: 1stTime: 1’20.978Laps: 34
“Pole position isn’t the race but it does help so I’m really happy to have got this fifth pole. Everyone is working very well and this shows it once again. I didn’t think it would be possible today because Casey was so fast but I decided to give it a try and pushed as hard as I could and here we are! I don’t know what to expect tomorrow, it will be a hard race for sure because Dani and Casey are very strong, but we will do the best we can to fight to the end and at least make the podium. I’m excited because it’s always a special race here with a great atmosphere.”
Ben Spies – Position: 5th Time: 1’21.679Laps: 33 laps
“It’s a little frustrating to be so close to my first front row but I’m still really happy with fifth position. The last stint was good and I was actually on a front row lap for sure at the end. I was a tenth quicker and then Kallio unfortunately crashed at the Corkscrew. I saw a big dust cloud and yellow flags were being waved. I was really scared that someone was on the downhill part because you can’t see going in there. I wanted to play it safe and I lost a tenth there for sure and that definitely kept me off the front row. I’m happy being in the middle of row two and besides Casey and Lorenzo, I’m in the battle for the podium and that’s where I want to be. I couldn’t be happier with that and if I get a good start and sta y out of trouble then I have the pace to fight for the podium. For the win, those guys are going way too fast now. You never give up but they are on another level right now from everybody. I’ll ride as hard as I can and have some fun in front of the home fans. It’s been great to come home and see lots of support and hopefully I can give them something to cheer tomorrow.”
Colin Edwards – Position: 8th Time: 1’022.217 Laps: 31 laps
“I’ve been riding really hard all weekend and giving it my all for the home fans, but I seem to be stuck around seventh and eighth position. I’m not sure what else I can do because I’m putting in my maximum effort and feel good on the bike. The goal is to try and get away with the bunch from Dovizioso down because the top two are way ahead of the rest of us. I need to find some speed in the final section where I lose a bit too much time and now we’ve got to figure out which rear tyre to use in the race. I was convinced yesterday that I’d run the hard option front and rear. But now I’m considering the soft rear. There’s quite a big difference in lap time but I’m wondering how good the soft tyre will be at the end of the race. This is a really important race for me and for Monster so I’ll be giving my all for a strong result tomorrow.”
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|2010 MotoGP United States – Laguna Seca 25/07/2010|