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Aug 24

Crutchlow Collects Second MotoGP Pole

Following Friday’s opening pair of practice sessions, had been unhappy with the new fuel tank fitted to his bike, but appeared to rectify this by setting the pace in third free practice on Saturday morning. He would go on to claim his second pole in five race weekends, following that of Assen at the end of June.

However, a second career pole looked to be heading the way of after the Gresini rider intelligently picked up ’s slipstream to dip underneath ’s 2012 qualifying record. Following a stop in the pit lane, Crutchlow would go on to beat this by over two tenths of a second thanks to his rapid time of 1’55.527.

With Bautista on the front row for the second time in three races, championship leader – and winner of the last three Grands Prix – Marquez crucially starts ahead of his closest two title contenders, with teammate and last year’s winner only five thousandths of a second in arrears and Lorenzo a further 81 thousandths behind. The reigning World Champion expected more, though, not least after testing at in the mid-season break as well as beginning the weekend as fastest rider.

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Aug 22

Lorenzo Demands Yamaha Upgrade

INDIANAPOLIS - AUGUST 18: Jorge Lorenzo of Spain and Yamaha Factory Racing looks on during the press conference at the end of the MotoGP race during the MotoGp Red Bull U.S. Indianapolis Grand Prix - Race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway on August 18, 2013 in Indianapolis, Indiana.

Photo Credit: Mirco Lazzari gp/Bongarts/Getty Images

world champion is piling the pressure on to upgrade his factory M1 with a seamless shift gearbox, as he mounts an increasingly desperate defense of his title.

Lorenzo wants the gearbox fitted to his bike for the remaining eight races of the season, starting with the this Sunday (Aug. 25).

He has vowed to back his demand by declaring he can win both the Czech and British GPs, which run back-to-back over the next two weeks.

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