23/07/11 - 21:55
United States Grand Prix
Laguna Seca Raceway • Qualification


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Chequered flag out and Lorenzo improves again with 1'21.202. Stoner has also just set his best time of 1.21.274 to take second and knock Spies off the front row with Pedrosa third after a 1'21.385 lap. A trio of Italians, Simoncelli, Dovizioso and Rossi follow with Crutchlow 10th. Join us tomorrow for the race which is away at 10pm UK time.


Pedrosa moves into 2nd with a 1.21.385. 0.164s behind Lorenzo and Stoner drops to 5th behind Dovizioso. Rossi up to 7th.


Final adjustment to Stoner's bike in the garage before a last gasp effort, he is currently on the second row. Crutchlow was on a good lap but was caught in the traffic and is still 12th.


Spies' session is over after he crashed out at turn 3. He's up and walking away.


Simoncelli on the move and back up to 5th.


Lorenzo blitzes the opposition again with 1'21.221. Rossi has moved into 10th and the fourth row.


Lorenzo's 1'21.336 is the best time of the weekend and he's back on provisional pole.


Dovizioso ahead of Simoncelli and into 5th.


BEN SPIES ROCKETS INTO THE LEAD! He has just gone from 5th to 1st with a 1.21.578. 0.032 seconds better than Lorenzo.


Hayden slid off at the entry to turn 9 and has now dropped to 7th behind Spies and Dovizioso.


Hayden is in the gravel, another front ender. He seems ok but is now searching for a ride back to the garage.


Lot of riders in the pits considering their final set up for the last third of qualifying. Still Lorenzo (1'21.610) from Pedrosa (1'21.742) and Stoner (1'21.802).


The other American, Colin Edwards, has just leaped from 11th to 8th.


Rememer MotoGP is the sole Grand Prix series that races at Laguna Seca, the 125 and Moto2 classes have not raced at the world famous circuit since the championship returned here in 2005.


Alvaro Bautista has crashed but is back on his feet and looks ok, went down at high speed in turn 3.


Ben Spies is the leading American in sixth, just ahead of Nicky Hayden with new boy Bostrom unsuprisingly last.


Lorenzo (1'21.610) from Pedrosa (1'21.742) and Stoner (1'21.802) at halfway.


Karol Abraham has just moved ahead of Rossi and bumped the Italian down to 13th, one place ahead of Crutchlow.


Randy De Puniet goes off at Turn 5, he is walking away albeit with a limp and he is going to have a sore back.


And even quicker from the Aussie, 1'21.802, and breathing down the neck of Pedrosa.


Stoner improves his time but not his place after a lap of 1'22.012.


Lorenzo (1'21.610) from Pedrosa (1'21.742) and Stoner (1'22.032) is how it stands at the one third point.


Laguna Seca is 2.238 miles (3.602 km) in length with a 300 foot (91 m) elevation change. It has eleven turns, including the famous "Corkscrew" at Turns 8 and 8A.


Andrea Dovizioso up to fifth but his Italian compatriot Valentino Rossi is only 12th.


Pedrosa edges closer to the quickest time with a 1'21.742.


British fans would like to know that Cal Crutchlow is currently 13th, 1.572 down on the pacesetters.


Lorenzo's 1'21.610 is the best time of the weekend but Pedrosa is only 0.267 behind.


Lorenzo improves to 1'21.973 with Pedrosa second just 0.407 behind.


Everyone is warming their tyres, early signs are that Lorenzo is ok - he is top of the leaderboard with a 1'22.104 lap.


18 men in action with Ben Bostrom's second day on a MotoGP bike as the LCR Honda wild-card knock. The 37-year-old former World Superbike race winner is the only man not currently on the circuit.


Big crowds today at the Californian circuit.


Here we go on a lovely sunny day in California.


Prior to the accident, Lorenzo had been third fastest in final practice behind Honda's Casey Stoner and Pedrosa, but with all three covered by just 0.049 seconds.


Lorenzo has been passed fit to continue with the Laguna Seca MotoGP weekend after his heavy crash in Saturday morning practice. The world champion was launched into a high-side at Turn 5 following the end of the session, and just after making a practice start on his way back to the pits. Lorenzo landed very heavily and was then clipped by his Yamaha as he slid through the run-off area. After a visit to the medical centre for checks, he was given clearance to participate in qualifying.


MotoGP world champion Jorge Lorenzo and fellow Spaniard Dani Pedrosa face off for pole position at the US Grand Prix.