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Jorge Lorenzo will line up on the front row of the grid for tomorrow’s ninth round of the championship – the German Grand Prix... Front row start for Jorge Lorenzo in Germany

Jorge Lorenzo will line up on the front row of the grid for tomorrow’s ninth round of the championship – the German Grand Prix – after setting the third quickest time in qualifying at the Sachsenring.

This morning the rider from Mallorca finished FP3 in eighth place, but this was enough to see him through into the afternoon’s Q2 session, in which he set a time of 1’20.327 to line up on row 1 alongside Marquez and Petrucci.

The German Grand Prix gets underway tomorrow at 14.00 CET and will be held over a distance of 30 laps.

Jorge Lorenzo (Ducati Team #99): 3rd (1’20.327)
“I’m really pleased with my lap time and a front row position and I would have signed on the dotted line for a qualifying result like this if I had known before arriving here at the Sachsenring. I even think I could have improved on my time and fought for the pole with Marquez if I hadn’t made a small mistake in the final corner, losing a little bit of precious time. I’m working well with my team but the race will be a long and very difficult one, so it’ll be important to make the right choice of tyre, get a good start and save some energy for the final stages. In any case we are set up well and I think that tomorrow we can fight for the podium and maybe even for the win.”