Marquez on Top after Friday Practice at COTA


Marc Marquez - Photo Credit: Repsol Honda

Marc Marquez set the pace in free practice ahead of this weekend’s Grand Prix of the Americas as he looks to extend his undefeated record in Austin. The world champion has never been beaten in a MotoGP race in the United States and although he set the pace on Friday, he looks set to face competition from Maverick Vinales.

The championship leader had drawn first blood in the morning session, going fastest by over half a second ahead of Marquez’s Honda, and Vinales looked on course to complete a Friday double until the lap times tumbled in the closing minutes. Johann Zarco continued his impressive start to life in the premier class, clocking a 2:04.347 to go fastest, before Marquez edged ahead of the Moto2 champion by a quarter of a second.

Vinales slipped to third with Movistar Yamaha team-mate Valentino Rossi showing his best practice form so far this season, ending the day in fourth spot. Dani Pedrosa was fifth ahead of Andrea Dovizioso while Cal Crutchlow shrugged off a morning crash to go seventh fastest, just in front of Jonas Folger on the second Tech 3 Yamaha and Scott Redding’s Pramac Ducati.

Andrea Iannone rounded out the top ten on a day where Suzuki ran a new aerodynamic fairing, meaning he holds the last automatic Q2 spot heading into FP3. KTM also debuted a new-look fairing on their factory machines although Pol Espargaro and Bradley Smith were still two and three seconds off the pace respectively. They were split by Karel Abraham but the Czech rider’s participation for the rest of the weekend is in doubt after injuring himself in a crash late in FP2.

 

2017 Red Bull Grand Prix of the Americas: Free Practice Times

PosRiderConstructorTeamBest Time 
193. Marc MarquezHondaRepsol Honda Team2:04.061FP2
25. Johann ZarcoYamahaMonster Yamaha Tech 32:04.347FP2
325. Maverick VinalesYamahaMovistar Yamaha MotoGP2:04.451FP2
446. Valentino RossiYamahaMovistar Yamaha MotoGP2:04.806FP2
526. Dani PedrosaHondaRepsol Honda Team2:04.811FP2
64. Andrea DoviziosoDucatiDucati Team2:04.830FP2
735. Cal CrutchlowHondaLCR Honda2:05.005FP2
894. Jonas FolgerYamahaMonster Yamaha Tech 32:05.033FP2
945. Scott ReddingDucatiOCTO Pramac Racing2:05.116FP2
1029. Andrea IannoneSuzukiTeam SUZUKI ECSTAR2:05.142FP2
1199. Jorge LorenzoDucatiDucati Team2:05.282FP2
129. Danilo PetrucciDucatiOCTO Pramac Racing2:05.284FP2
1343. Jack MillerHondaEG 0,0 Marc VDS2:05.463FP2
1441. Aleix EspargaroApriliaAprilia Racing Team Gresini2:05.468FP2
158. Hector BarberaDucatiReale Avintia Racing2:05.584FP2
1619. Alvaro BautistaDucatiPull & Bear Aspar Team2:05.602FP2
1753. Tito RabatHondaEG 0,0 Marc VDS2:05.943FP2
1842. Alex RinsSuzukiTeam SUZUKI ECSTAR2:06.155FP2
1976. Loris BazDucatiReale Avintia Racing2:06.358FP2
2044. Pol EspargaroKTMRed Bull KTM Factory Racing2:06.503FP2
2117. Karel AbrahamDucatiPull & Bear Aspar Team2:06.709FP2
2222. Sam LowesApriliaAprilia Racing Team Gresini2:06.741FP2
2338. Bradley SmithKTMRed Bull KTM Factory Racing2:07.434FP2