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.