Jorge Lorenzo at the 2010 Red Bull U.S. Grand Prix at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca – Click above for high-res image gallery

We're live from Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca for the Red Bull U.S. Grand Prix this weekend, and we've just finished unloading our memory cards after MotoGP qualifying. Let's just say that the race is even more awe-inspiring in person than it is on television. The sights, the sounds and the smells truly are amazing. We can only hope that our high-res image gallery below can offer at least a bit of the excitement that we feel after witnessing the amazing athleticism required to handle the famous Corkscrew.

We also found a way to sneak away a few of Jorge Lorenzo's rather valuable time, and we asked a couple of questions that we know are on the minds of MotoGP fans the world over. First up, Lorenzo tells us that Ben Spies is very likely to be his teammate on Yamaha's Factory Team in 2011. Where will Valentino Rossi be? Lorenzo's not going to speculate, naturally... but draw your own conclusions on that one.

Further, Lorenzo – who is on pole for tomorrow's race – indicates that relations between he and Rossi are "not good." Again, not exactly earth shattering news to anyone paying attention, but we still thought it was interesting that Lorenzo chose those words in our interview. And finally, for those who may be interested, Lorenzo's last name is indeed pronounced "Lorentho," as you hear on American television every MotoGP weekend. So there you go.

Stay tuned for actual racing results tomorrow, and be sure to check past the break for the official qualifying results.


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Mazda Raceway, Saturday, July 24, 2010

Pos. Num. Rider Nation Team Bike Km/h Time Gap 1st/Prev.
1 99 Jorge LORENZO SPA Fiat Yamaha Team Yamaha 262.1 1'20.978
2 27 Casey STONER AUS Ducati Team Ducati 266.1 1'21.169 0.191 / 0.191
3 4 Andrea DOVIZIOSO ITA Repsol Honda Team Honda 260.1 1'21.617 0.639 / 0.448
4 26 Dani PEDROSA SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda 260.9 1'21.655 0.677 / 0.038
5 11 Ben SPIES USA Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 258.2 1'21.679 0.701 / 0.024
6 46 Valentino ROSSI ITA Fiat Yamaha Team Yamaha 262.8 1'21.688 0.710 / 0.009
7 69 Nicky HAYDEN USA Ducati Team Ducati 259.0 1'21.920 0.942 / 0.232
8 5 Colin EDWARDS USA Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 260.6 1'22.217 1.239 / 0.297
9 58 Marco SIMONCELLI ITA San Carlo Honda Gresini Honda 255.1 1'22.300 1.322 / 0.083
10 40 Hector BARBERA SPA Paginas Amarillas Aspar Ducati 256.9 1'22.366 1.388 / 0.066
11 33 Marco MELANDRI ITA San Carlo Honda Gresini Honda 258.6 1'22.407 1.429 / 0.041
12 65 Loris CAPIROSSI ITA Rizla Suzuki MotoGP Suzuki 256.0 1'22.647 1.669 / 0.240
13 41 Aleix ESPARGARO SPA Pramac Racing Team Ducati 257.9 1'22.712 1.734 / 0.065
14 19 Alvaro BAUTISTA SPA Rizla Suzuki MotoGP Suzuki 251.3 1'22.770 1.792 / 0.058
15 36 Mika KALLIO FIN Pramac Racing Team Ducati 250.1 1'23.127 2.149 / 0.357
16 15 Alex DE ANGELIS RSM Interwetten Honda MotoGP Honda 260.1 1'23.226 2.248 / 0.099
17 95 Roger Lee HAYDEN USA LCR Honda MotoGP Honda 262.8 1'23.764 2.786 / 0.538