Austin MotoGP: Marquez leads Lorenzo in opening practice

Marc Marquez led the way in the first practice session for the GP of the Americas at Austin, leading reigning MotoGP champion Jorge Lorenzo by a quarter of a second.

Honda rider Marquez, who has never lost a race at the Circuit of the Americas, topped the timesheets from the very start, and had 1.2 seconds over Lorenzo's factory Yamaha at the end of the opening runs.

He improved to a 2m04.953s at the start of his second run, which would remain unbeaten for the remainder of the session, as Ducati's Andrea Iannone took over as his closest rival with a time 0.617s adrift.

Lorenzo, however, managed to grab the runner-up spot back on his third and final run with only three minutes remaining on the clock, lapping within 0.255s of Marquez - who set two overall best sectors on his last lap but failed to improve.

That left Iannone, his Ducati running with large wings on the side of the fairing as well as at the front during the session, in third, ahead of Avintia Ducati rider Hector Barbera, who split the Italian marque's works machines on his final lap, 0.719s down on Marquez.

Andrea Dovizioso was demoted to fifth ahead of Pramac's Scott Redding, with Valentino Rossi lapping 1.3s off the pace in seventh on the second of the Yamahas.

Yonny Hernandez (Aspar Ducati), Maverick Vinales (Suzuki) and Marquez's Repsol Honda teammate Dani Pedrosa, who hoisted himself into 10th on his final lap, were next up.

The only crasher in a largely incident-free session was the Marc VDS Honda of Jack Miller, who suffered a major high-side at Turn 18.

He was taken to the medical centre to be evaluated, and was given a precautionary x-ray on his right ankle, but was declared fit and will take part in FP2 as scheduled.

Practice times:

PosRiderTeamBikeTimeGap
1 SpainMarc Marquez  Repsol Honda Team Honda RC213V 2:04.953 2:04.953
2 SpainJorge Lorenzo  Yamaha Factory Racing Yamaha YZR-M1 2:05.208 +0.255
3 ItalyAndrea Iannone  Ducati Team Ducati Desmosedici GP16 2:05.570 +0.617
4 SpainHector Barbera  Avintia Racing Ducati Desmosedici GP14 2:05.682 +0.729
5 ItalyAndrea Dovizioso  Ducati Team Ducati Desmosedici GP16 2:06.032 +1.079
6 United KingdomScott Redding  Octo Pramac Yakhnich Ducati Desmosedici GP15 2:06.224 +1.271
7 ItalyValentino Rossi  Yamaha Factory Racing Yamaha YZR-M1 2:06.252 +1.299
8 ColombiaYonny Hernandez  Aspar Racing Team Ducati Desmosedici GP14 2:06.264 +1.311
9 SpainMaverick Viñales  Team Suzuki ECSTAR Suzuki GSX-RR 2:06.367 +1.414
10 SpainDani Pedrosa  Repsol Honda Team Honda RC213V 2:06.450 +1.497
11 SpainAleix Espargaro  Team Suzuki ECSTAR Suzuki GSX-RR 2:06.482 +1.529
12 SpainPol Espargaro  Tech 3 Yamaha YZR-M1 2:06.581 +1.628
13 United KingdomCal Crutchlow  Team LCR Honda RC213V 2:06.772 +1.819
14 GermanyStefan Bradl  Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia RS-GP 2:07.135 +2.182
15 SpainTito Rabat  Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS Honda RC213V 2:07.189 +2.236
16 United KingdomBradley Smith  Tech 3 Yamaha YZR-M1 2:07.259 +2.306
17 IrelandEugene Laverty  Aspar Racing Team Ducati Desmosedici GP14 2:07.261 +2.308
18 SpainAlvaro Bautista  Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia RS-GP 2:07.449 +2.496
19 FranceLoris Baz  Avintia Racing Ducati Desmosedici GP14 2:07.506 +2.553
20 ItalyMichele Pirro  Octo Pramac Yakhnich Ducati Desmosedici GP15 2:07.895 +2.942
21 AustraliaJack Miller  Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS Honda RC213V 2:07.897 +2.944

 

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Series MotoGP
Event GP of the Americas
Track Circuit of the Americas
Drivers Valentino Rossi , Jorge Lorenzo , Marc Marquez
Article type Practice report