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Jorge Lorenzo gets his first pole of the season and his fourth consecutive pole at Estoril. Join us at 13:00 BST tomorrow for the race.

14:57

Lorenzo gets pole at Estoril with 1:37.161 then Simoncelli 1:37.294 and Pedrosa 1:37.324.

0' 

Pedrosa on the front row but then Stoner has the red light through each of the first three sectors only to lose all his advantage in the final quarter to stay fourth. LORENZO ON POLE.

1' 

Pedrosa up to third then Stoner nips it straight back from him.

2' 

Simoncelli went down on turn 7, the front folded on him. Cructhlow goes sixth in the mayhem.

3' 

Simoncelli is ok but he has no time to get back on his bike.

4' 

Lorenzo takes pole by a tenth and then Simoncelli hits the deck!

5' 

Jorge Lorenzo takes second back off his team-mate.

6' 

Ben Spies up to second, Valentino Rossi up to sixth.

8' 

Spies was looking good for the front row but then lost a lot of time in the final sector. Lorenzo out on new softs.

10' 

Lorenzo into the pits, having a look at the times.

12' 

Stoner goes second with 1.37.989. But that lasts less than a minute as Lorenzo reclaims second. Simoncelli 1:37.294 - Lorenzo 1:37.932 - Stoner 1:37.989.

14' 

Colin Edwards up to sixth between Stoner and Dovizioso. Rossi down to eighth.

16' 

Simoncelli is flying today - that was the fastest lap of the weekend by #58.

18' 

Simoncelli improves again by 0.033s with 1:37.294. Meanwhile Tony Elias, returning to the top tier as Moto2 champion, is languishing at the bottom.

20' 

Marco Simoncelli smashes his own time with a 1.37.327 to go 0.683s clear of Lorenzo. Pedrosa in fourth place behind Spies.

22' 

Lorenzo up to second now with 1:38.100.

24' 

Spies up to second now with 1:38.023 while Stoner is consistently losing time in the last sector. Rossi up to seventh.

26' 

Simoncelli currently looking like he might just get his first pole position in the MotoGP class.

30' 

Valentino Rossi and Casey Stoner move up to ninth and fifth respectively at the mid-point in the session.

32' 

Marco Simoncelli quicker yet again: 1.37.944. That is 0.278s ahead of Pedrosa.

34' 

Marco Simoncelli goes quicker again with a 1.38.129.

36' 

Lorenzo is wearing his moon landing helmet for the Portugal GP.

38' 

In the pits: Lorenzo, Dovizioso, Crutchlow, Barbera, Bautista, De Puniet.

40' 

Colin Edwards makes significant progress to break into the top five.

42' 

Karel Abraham is currently the top Ducati in ninth place.

44' 

Simoncelli has the advantage here at Estoril as he is heavier than Pedrosa.

46' 

Simoncelli just posted a 1.38.214 to go 0.008 seconds clear of Dani.

48' 

Pedrosa 1.38.222 goes quickest so far.

50' 

Simoncelli with 1.38.271 to lead from Stoner, Lorenzo, Crutchlow, Spies, Pedrosa, Dovi, Barbera, Edwards, Abraham, Rossi, Aoyama.

53' 

Stoner improves to 1:38:702 - a dry track but the weather's very cloudy.

55' 

Casey Stoner does 1:40.526 to set the early pace.

58' 

But the Spaniard is first out this afternoon.

60' 

The only rider who chose not to run this morning was Suzuki's Alvaro Bautista, as he preferred not to take any risks as he continues to recover from the broken leg he sustained in Qatar.

13:50 

Loris Capirossi set a surprise fastest time in a damp final practice session at Estoril.

13:45

Qualification for the Portugal Grand Prix commences at 13:55 BST.