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GP Week : Issue 4
MOTOGP class rookie Jorge Lorenzo’s second pole in two races was a little bit of history. It already moves him past the last rookie to claim a debut pole – Max Biaggi, at Suzuka in 1998. Only one other rider has claimed pole in his first two races in the premier class – and he was a legend. It was the Finn Jarno Saarinen, also riding a Yamaha, back in 1973, when the then young factory first entered a 500 class dominated by MV Agusta, with a two-stroke challenger. Saarinen, like Lorenzo, was already 250 champion, and a massively popular figure still in the early years of his career. Unlike Lorenzo, Saarinen went on to win both of those races. He qualified on pole for the third race as well, though that time he did not finish. The Saarinen story, however, ended soon afterwards, in one of racing’s worst tragedies. Racing in the 250 class at Monza, disputing the lead into the first corner (before the track was tamed with chicanes) he was brought down by a crashing Renzo Pasolini. Another 12 riders also crashed, and both Saarinen and Pasolini were killed instantly as bikes, bodies and wreckage were strewn across the track. The meeting was abandoned. Lorenzo matches Saarinen 32