July 23, 2011
Spaniard Jorge Lorenzo sped to the top of Sunday's starting grid for Sunday's MotoGP race.
Last year's US Grand Prix winner and defending world champion suffered a crash during morning practice, which scared his team with the potential not to start the race, but Lorenzo held onto the top time for the last 35 minutes of the hour-long qualifying session on Saturday afternoon.
Casey Stoner and Dani Pedrosa, both of the Repsol Honda team, qualified second and third with times just behind Lorenzo's fastest lap of 1'21.202.
MotoGP riders speed into the start/finish straight during Saturday's qualifying session.
Pramac Ducati riders coast into turn 3 during the qualifying session.
Italian star Marco Simoncelli turns into the start/finish straight. He qualified for fifth on Sunday's grid.
Lorenzo crashes just after turn 5 on Saturday during morning practice.
A fan of Ben Spies show off his support for the American rider.
Simoncelli does a wheelie for fans following morning practice.
Riders zip out of turn 8, "the corkscrew", on Saturday afternoon.
American Nicky Hayden waves at fans while he coasts through turn 10 after the qualifying session.
Australian Casey Stoner, who qualified second, watches Lorenzo during the press conference on Saturday evening.
Simoncelli speeds between turns 3 and 4 during Saturday morning practice.