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Yamaha MotoGP rider Jorge Lorenzo of Spain will start fourth on the grid in Sunday's Malaysian Grand Prix MotoGP at Sepang International Circuit. EPA Photo/ Azhar Rahim.
SEPANG: Defending MotoGP world champion Jorge Lorenzo survived two near-misses yesterday en route to claiming fourth position on the starting grid for the Malaysian Motorcycle Grand Prix race at the Sepang International Circuit.
The Spaniard, who won his first world title in the premier class here in 2010, had a big moment at turn six on his first lap but was able to save it, later describing the conditions as treacherous.
He then returned to the pits to watch the session unfold and came back out with six minutes remaining to take provisional pole on his second lap.
Lorenzo kept the pressure on, immediately dropping further to 2:00.578 but a lack of confidence through slippery conditions prevented him from going all out.
“It was a dangerous situation ... you feel great on the corners until turn five where the track was perfect, then you arrive at turn six and the track was almost wet.
“I was told earlier that some parts were wet. I entered very slowly but I still almost crashed.
“And also on the next lap I was a little bit faster and on turn seven I think I touched the white line, had a big moment and almost crashed.
“After that, I thought today (yesterday) was a big risk on these two corners, so I tried to push at the maximum for the rest of the lap, but with a certain margin at those two corners.
“That is why from turn five I lost a few tenths, maybe half a second. But the other riders were more brave, I think,” said Lorenzo, who trails behind rival and MotoGP rookie Marc Marquez by 39 points in the championship with four races remaining (including today’s).
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