Motegi : 250cc - Day 1
Jorge Lorenzo spoiled the party for the home riders in the first 250cc qualifying at Twin Ring Motegi.
The Spaniard snatched the provisional pole position from the two Aoyama brothers, Hiroshi and Shuhei, and their countryman Yuki Takahashi.
two siblings had been fastest in the morning session at the track, but a 1'52.132 lap from World Championship leader Lorenzo was just enough to prevent them from repeating the feat.
Alex de Angelis and title contender Andrea Dovizioso trailed the Japanese trio, still less than a second off Lorenzo's provisional top spot. Ryuji Yokoe, a Japanese wildcard riding for the RT Morinokumasan Sendai team on a Yamaha this weekend, clinched eighth ahead of Fortuna Aprilia's Hector Barbera, whilst the top ten was completed by Thai rider Ratthapark Wilairot on a Honda.
There was a minor crash involving Sylvain Guintoli as he ran onto the gravel, although he completed the session and experienced no injury.
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