Lorenzo applies pressure with home pole.

Jorge Lorenzo won't be giving up his MotoGP World Championship lead without a fight, after taking pole position for his home Spanish Grand Prix.

    The 21-year-old took the title lead by one point from team-mate Valentino Rossi with a landmark victory over the Italian in last Sunday's Japanese Grand Prix. 

    But it wasn't Rossi that proved Lorenzo's nearest qualifying threat at Jerez - instead countryman Dani Pedrosa stepped up and got within 0.051sec of the #99 for Repsol Honda, while Qatar winner Casey Stoner - three points from Lorenzo heading into round three - was 0.482sec adrift in third for Ducati.

    Rossi is still searching for his first win of the season after also finishing runner-up to Casey Stoner in Qatar, but managed just fourth place in Saturday's qualifying session with a best lap time 0.709sec slower than the #99 - and The Doctor isn't happy with his race set-up either.

    “I'm a bit unhappy because we had a few problems and it actually hasn't been such a good day, it was also very windy which made it more difficult,” said the reigning six time MotoGP world champion.

    “Yesterday we were very fast from the start and we hoped to keep going like this today but we have lost some feeling and now I can't ride and push how I want to. 

    "At the moment I am not happy with the setting for the race and we need to work hard to understand the situation and try to improve it because we must be stronger tomorrow. 

    “Now we will make a long meeting and try to find some solution to try for the warm-up tomorrow,” he revealed.

    “Missing out on the first row means that tomorrow's race will be a bit more difficult in the early stages,” conceded team manager Davide Brivio. “Our race pace and rhythm are not so bad but we still need to make some adjustments because our potential is a lot better than this. 

    “We have to make Valentino more comfortable so that he can ride how he wants to, so now our engineers will study the data and look to come up with something to improve the setting.”

    Rossi has not traditionally been a strong starter, but will be aiming to replicate his perfect getaway at Motegi last weekend. 

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