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Thanks for joining us tonight. We'll be back for the Qatar GP at 20:00 UK time on Sunday.

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It's pole position for Jorge Lorenzo, Casey Stoner second and a magnificent front row start for Cal Crutchlow. And Nicky Hayden outqualifies Valentino Rossi.

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Karel Abraham is off, but he walks away...

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Best lap for Dani Pedrosa, who goes sixth.

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Cal Crutchlow is in the pits, hoping he can hold on to third. Lorenzo does not improve but he has one lap left.

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Stoner is behind on this lap, but he eases off and will steel himself for one final charge....

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...but only for a few seconds! Lorenzo 1:54.634 to go back on top!

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Stoner's on the charge... 1:54.855 for pole...

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Oooh.... Ben Spies loses it, but hangs off the side of the bike for too long before mercifully letting go. He was on a sensational lap, dead level with Lorenzo...

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Crutchlow is on a storming lap after three splits.... 1:55.022! Second by only three hundredths, and Yamaha are first and second!

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Lorenzo! On new, soft tyres he takes provisional pole with a 1:54.993 lap! The ball is in Casey Stoner's court.

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Stoner slices another quarter of a second off his leading time, to give him some breathing space at the front.

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Rossi sets his best lap so far, but he stays in 12th place - such frustration for the MotoGP legend.

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Cal Crutchlow, fantastic lap! 1:55.505 to go second on the grid! Great performance from the Briton.

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And another! This time it's Mattia Pasini on the ground!

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Another crash, and Ellison hits the deck under braking... he rolls across the gravel. It's painful but he's basically fine.

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That looks a very expensive crash! De Puniet's ASP looks ready for the scrapheap, and that is surely the end of his session.

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He went down yesterday, and he's off again... De Puniet loses the front at high speed and low-sides. The bike is in bits, but thankfully De Puniet himself is OK.

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Spies to third, knocking Bradl off the front row of the grid!

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Great lap by Hector Barbera! He goes fifth on the Pramac Ducati.

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Stoner is quickest at the first split, but loses some time on the second sector and ditches the lap.

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Meanwhile, Hayden's Ducati team-mate Rossi is still way down in 12th.

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It is good to see Hayden going well - he thought he would be better suited to the 1000cc machinery and so it would appear.

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Good lap from Nicky Hayden, who clocks 1:56.091 to go fourth, just ahead of Crutchlow and behind the surprise package Stefan Bradl.

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Cal Crutchlow improves to fourth place with a 1:56.1. His fellow Brit James Ellison is 20th of 21 runners. The Paul Bird ART is not ready to compete yet...

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Spies sets his fastest time of the session to go fourth - 1:56.227.

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Jorge Lorenzo is back out but his speed is not great - the teams constantly tweaking with setup so it's hard to judge true pace...

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Crash! Danilo Petrucci has a high-speed off, and is very lucky to emerge apparently unscathed! He stands up, but unsurprisingly cannot get the bike going again. That looked a big fall...

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Valentino Rossi has set his sights on a second-row start on the grid, but even that may be beyond the Ducati man, who lies 12th at the moment.

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A little wobble for Karel Abraham on the Cardion AB Ducati.

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Eurosport commentators Toby Moody and Julian Ryder are discussing the possibility that teams will try to set their fastest times early in the session. It's 8pm in Losail and temperatures are dropping fast.

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Cal Crutchlow has been flying this weekend on the Tech3 Yamaha - he has played down his pace in practice, however. Early in qualifying, he is fifth.

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Just to remind you, the entire race weekend is live on British Eurosport and the Eurosport Player, including the showpiece MotoGP race tomorrow night.

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1:55.415 from Casey Stoner, who sets a real marker and knocks over a second and a half off Lorenzo's previous best in this session.

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The very early pace is being set by Jorge Lorenzo with a lap of 1:57.041. As a frame of reference, Lorenzo set the fastest time in yesterday's FP3 with a 1:55.3.

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Mattia Pasini goes off early on - he has braking problems and goes straight on into the gravel! He goes back on the track after a scare...

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The session is under way! No change to qualifying rules this season - it's an hour-long session, and the fastest time takes pole position...

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Welcome to live coverage of qualifying for the Qatar Grand Prix from Losail!