Marquez Leads The Way In Texas

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Marc Marquez led both MotoGP practice sessions Friday at Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas. (MotoGP Photo)
Marc Marquez led both MotoGP practice sessions Friday at Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas. (MotoGP Photo)
Marc Marquez led both MotoGP practice sessions Friday at Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas. (MotoGP Photo)

AUSTIN, Texas – MotoGP World Champion Marc Marquez was fastest in both Friday practice sessions at Circuit of the Americas.

Marquez set a best time of 2:03.490 to lead the way at the state-of-the-art track in Texas where he took his first premier class victory in 2013. Marquez set his best Friday time on a hard tire and was less than half a second from his own pole record set on a medium tire last year.

Ducati Team’s Dovizioso was the best of the rest using a softer tire, whilst Marquez led his Repsol Honda teammate Pedrosa by 1.133 seconds. Like Dovizioso, his Italian compatriot and fellow Ducati rider Andrea Iannone (Pramac Racing) made use of a soft compound to lap fourth quickest.

The best of the Yamaha riders was Valentino Rossi (Movistar Yamaha MotoGP) at a circuit which he admits he found tricky last season. The nine-time World Champion trailed Marquez by 1.3 seconds.

The impressive Aleix Espargaro (NGM Forward Racing) lapped sixth quickest on the ‘Open’ Yamaha and outpaced Factory-equipped rivals Stefan Bradl (LCR Honda MotoGP) and Jorge Lorenzo (Movistar Yamaha MotoGP) in seventh and eighth respectively.

 

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