MotoGP: Marc Marquez in fine form on Friday at COTA

Marc Marquez set the pace in Austin as the Red Bull Grand Prix of the Americas got underway, consistently strong in the wet and dry.

The MotoGP World Championship’s return to the Circuit of the Americas started on a damp note as heavy rains soaked the Texas tarmac before Free Practice 1 on Friday.

Conditions would quickly improve with a dry line starting to emerge towards the end of the session and Free Practice 2 being run without issue as the hot Austin sun quickly dried the water. Even more than the weather, the bumps around the 5.5-kilometer-long track were a major area of contention and focus across the opening day of practice.

Marc Marquez fastest in the wet and in the dry

Marc Marquez was eager to stake his claim at COTA, topping Free Practice 1 in the wet with a 2m15.872s before going on to dominate the afternoon session. A 2m04.164s saw Marquez edge out the likes of Jack Miller and Fabio Quartararo who put in late flying laps, but neither was able to show the overall pace Marquez had during the session.

Despite his speed on the opening day, Marquez is still looking for further improvements ahead of Sunday’s race.

“It was a tricky day today, the track conditions weren’t easy today. With all of the bumps it’s very hard to be consistent with your laps and to understand where you can push and where the limit is. I feel good in the wet and dry today, and in the afternoon we were able to try some different options as well. We still have some areas to work on, to extract the maximum from the bike and myself here in Austin. It’s our best Friday so far this year, and the goal is to of course keep this up for the rest of the weekend.”

Friday Practice Times

Pos. Rider Num Nation Team Constructor Time/Gap
1 Marquez Marc 93 SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda 2’04.164
2 Miller Jack 43 AUS Ducati Lenovo Team Ducati 0.015
3 Quartararo Fabio 20 FRA Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha 0.202
4 Espargaro Pol 44 SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda 0.388
5 Nakagami Takaaki 30 JPN LCR Honda Honda 0.448
6 Bagnaia Francesco 63 ITA Ducati Lenovo Team Ducati 0.499
7 Martin Jorge 89 SPA Pramac Racing Ducati 0.513
8 Zarco Johann 5 FRA Pramac Racing Ducati 0.559
9 Rins Alex 42 SPA Team Suzuki Ecstar Suzuki 0.638
10 Bastianini Enea 23 ITA Avintia Esponsorama Ducati 0.672
11 Binder Brad 33 RSA Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 0.688
12 Marini Luca 10 ITA SKY VR46 Avintia Ducati 0.769
13 Mir Joan 36 SPA Team Suzuki Ecstar Suzuki 0.930
14 Dovizioso Andrea 4 ITA Petronas Yamaha SRT Yamaha 0.973
15 Morbidelli Franco 21 ITA Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha 1.132
16 Marquez Alex 73 SPA LCR Honda Honda 1.450
17 Rossi Valentino 46 ITA Petronas Yamaha SRT Yamaha 1.467
18 Oliveira Miguel 88 POR Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 1.518
19 Espargaro Aleix 41 SPA Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia 2.045
20 Petrucci Danilo 9 ITA Tech 3 KTM Factory Racing KTM 2.071
21 Lecuona Iker 27 SPA Tech 3 KTM Factory Racing KTM 2.093
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