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Estoril MotoGP: Jorge Lorenzo to go for broke

Published: 03 October 2009

Jorge Lorenzo has vowed to go for broke in tomorrow’s Estoril MotoGP race to try and reduce Fiat Yamaha team-mate Valentino Rossi’s title advantage. Lorenzo ended his six race quest for a pole position with a brilliant performance in today’s qualifying session, the Spaniard clocking a best lap of 1.36.214 to claim his fifth pole of the season. With Rossi one place further back on the grid, Lorenzo said: “Tomorrow will be difficult to win because Valentino is fast but not only him. Casey (Stoner) is fast and so is Dani (Pedrosa). I don’t have anything to lose but quite a lot to win, so I will be going for the victory.” Lorenzo, who won his first MotoGP race at the Estoril circuit last season, was also relieved to end his recent barren qualifying run. Having claimed four pole positions in six races between Jerez and Laguna Seca, the 22-year-old hadn’t topped the qualifying timesheets since the American GP in July. He added: “It's been quite a few races since I've had a pole. I was getting a bit worried because doing one fast lap has always been one of my strong points but lately we haven't been able to be quite competitive enough with the soft tyre. This weekend however everything is working really well and the setting with both tyres is great, so I was able to go out and do some very fast laps.” Jorge Lorenzo has vowed to go for broke in tomorrow’s Estoril MotoGP race to try and reduce Fiat Yamaha team-mate Valentino Rossi’s title advantage. Lorenzo ended his six race quest for a pole position with a brilliant performance in today’s qualifying session, the Spaniard clocking a best lap of 1.36.214 to claim his fifth pole of the season. With Rossi one place further back on the grid, Lorenzo said: “Tomorrow will be difficult to win because Valentino is fast but not only him. Casey (Stoner) is fast and so is Dani (Pedrosa). I don’t have anything to lose but quite a lot to win, so I will be going for the victory.” Lorenzo, who won his first MotoGP race at the Estoril circuit last season, was also relieved to end his recent barren qualifying run. Having claimed four pole positions in six races between Jerez and Laguna Seca, the 22-year-old hadn’t topped the qualifying timesheets since the American GP in July. He added: “It's been quite a few races since I've had a pole. I was getting a bit worried because doing one fast lap has always been one of my strong points but lately we haven't been able to be quite competitive enough with the soft tyre. This weekend however everything is working really well and the setting with both tyres is great, so I was able to go out and do some very fast laps.”
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