On decisive weekend
Jorge Lorenzo will start tomorrows Portuguese GP his first chance to clinch the 250 World Championship on the front row of the grid.
The FORTUNA APRILIA rider claimed fourth position in the second qualifying session, whilst team-mate Hector Barbera
Lorenzo, who has unveiled a new gold helmet this weekend, suffered a fall in the morning session when he came together with a slower rider in a corner. Lorenzo was uninjured, but his bike did suffer a subsequent engine problem which forced him to use his second bike for the afternoon session.
Despite that inconvenience, he was one of the main protagonists of the qualifying session and posted a lap of 1'41.642 to take fourth 0.131 behind pole position. There was very little between the leading riders with barely a second covering the top 14.
Barbera was 0.085 behind team-mate Lorenzo in fifth and both riders will be full of confidence ahead of Sunday's race which could prove so important for Lorenzo.
JORGE LORENZO, 4th
"I was hoping to fight for pole position but that was not possible as I found it harder than I expected to find the pace. However, fourth position means we will start on the front row and I believe it's an exciting time that we should try and enjoy. The team is doing a great job and I want to thank them for all their work.
As concerns the race tomorrow, it will be very hard and I will make sure I don't take any unnecessary risks."
HÉCTOR BARBERÁ, 5th
"On the first lap of qualifying I had a problem with the gears which forced me to change bikes. On the second bike I did not feel as comfortable as I would have liked and that prevented me from pushing as hard as I wanted. I changed back to the first again and things went better. I am not too worried about being in fifth and I have found a good rhythm and am confident of making a good start."