Motegi : 250cc - Day 2
Jorge Lorenzo took his tenth pole of 2006 after one of the most frantic five minute spells in this season's 250cc championship.
In the closing moments of the session the gathered fans at the Twin Ring Motegi circuit saw a crash from home rider Yuki
Takahashi and Repsol Honda's Shuhei Aoyama leading on course for a popular pole position, although he finally slipped down to fifth after Lorenzo had retaken the advantage with a 1'51.374 lap.
Humangest Racing's Andrea Dovizioso, needing to close the gap between himself and Lorenzo in the championship standings, clinched second place on the grid on his final lap of the Japanese track. The two were the only riders to go round in under 1'52. Alex de Angelis was another rider to leave it late before making his move, and will complete tomorrow's front row.
The older of the two Aoyama brothers, Hiroshi, heads row two ahead of his younger sibling Shuhei.
Takahashi's sixth place makes it an all- Japanese second line, with the top ten completed by Roberto Locatelli, Hector Barbera, Sylvain Guintoli and Jakub Smrz.
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