… | Marc Marquez and Honda look strong in COTA training

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Marc Marquez showed some of his best form in Friday’s free practice at the Circuit of the Americas as he led both sessions when MotoGP returned to the United States for the first time in two and a half years.

The Spaniard – well known for his preference for the more unusual counterclockwise circuit setup – was fastest in the humidity and again in the afternoon’s dry session for end the day in the lead for Repsol Honda.

Despite the circuit length of over 2 minutes, it was however close to the top with Jack Miller just 0.015 seconds behind the six-time MotoGP world champion as the top-ranked Ducati.

Championship leader Fabio Quartararo quickly took the lead over Pecco Bagnaia ahead of what could be a pivotal race for both title fighters, with the Frenchman again by far the fastest Yamaha rider in third, while Bagnaia could only settle for sixth place.

Between them, Honda got off to a good start to the weekend with Pol Espargaro in fourth place, just ahead of his LCR counterpart Takaaki Nakagami.

Pramac Ducati duo Jorge Martin and Johann Zarco were behind Bagnaia, while Alex Rins – 2019 COTA winner – was the best Suzuki in ninth and Misano star Enea Bastianini completed the top ten.

Elsewhere, there were crashes for Aleix Espargaro – leaving him 19th on Aprilia’s only entry – and Miguel Oliveira, the latter’s fall compounding a day that did not allow KTM to place its motorcycles in the top. ten.

MotoGP Grand Prix of the Americas 2021 | Free practice results [FP1 + FP2]

MotoGP Grand Prix of the Americas 2021 | Free practice results [FP1 + FP2] | Tour 15/18
Pos Rider Nat. MotoGP Team Moto GP Hourly
1 Marc Marquez ESP Repsol Honda Team Honda RC213V 2m 04.164
2 Jack miller AUS The Ducati Lenovo team Ducati GP21 2m 04.179
3 Fabio Quartararo ENG Monster Energy Yamaha Yamaha YZF-M1 2m 04.366
4 Pol Espargaro ESP Repsol Honda Team Honda RC213V 2m 04.552
5 Takaaki Nakagami JPN LCR Honda Idemitsu Honda RC213V 2m 04.612
6 Francesco Bagnaia ITA The Ducati Lenovo team Ducati GP21 2m 04.663
7 Jorge martin ESP Pramac race Ducati GP21 2m 04.677
8 Johann zarco ENG Pramac race Ducati GP21 2m 04.723
9 Alex Rins ESP Suzuki Ecstar Team Suzuki GSX-RR 2m 04.802
ten Enea Bastianini ITA Avintia Esponsorama Ducati GP19 2m 04.836
11 Brad Binder RSA Red Bull KTM Factory Race KTM RC16 2m 04.852
12 Luca Marini ITA Sky VR46 Esponsorama Ducati GP19 2m 04.932
13 Joan mir ESP Suzuki Ecstar Team Suzuki GSX-RR 2m 05.094
14 Andrea Dovizioso ITA Petronas Yamaha SRT Yamaha YZF-M1 2m 05.137
15 Franco Morbidelli ITA Monster Energy Yamaha Yamaha YZF-M1 2m 05.296
16 Alex Marquez ESP LCR Honda Castrol Honda RC213V 2m 05.614
17 Valentino rossi ITA Petronas Yamaha SRT Yamaha YZF-M1 2m 05.631
18 Miguel Oliveira POR Red Bull KTM Factory Race KTM RC16 2m 05.682
19 Aleix Espargaro ESP Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia RS-GP 2m 06.209
20 Danilo Petrucci ITA Tech3 KTM Factory Racing KTM RC16 2m 06.235
21 Iker Lecuona ESP Tech3 KTM Factory Racing KTM RC16 2m 06.257


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