The Repsol Honda Team pairing made steps forward on Friday, but Mir and Marini were left wanting more with Saturday gains the target.

Both Joan Mir and Luca Marini were eager to get to work and sample the new resurfaced COTA track as practice began on Friday morning. A session without major incident, the pair laid the foundations for their weekends with Marini taking 15th and Mir finishing just behind in 16th.

Improving from a 2’04.435 in the morning to a 2’03.444 in the afternoon saw Mir take a step forward, finding a second. There was even more time to be found for the #36, but an unfortunate crash at Turn 15 on his final flying lap of the day limited his overall potential. The 2020 MotoGP World Champion was unharmed in the fall. As in the previous two races, Mir is more confident in his potential race pace for the Sprint and the Grand Prix.

Luca Marini returned to happy hunting grounds in Austin and started the day as the fastest Honda rider. Like his teammate, the Italian made a step between sessions to drop his best time to a 2’03.521. Although the improvements were significant, Marini was left frustrated with his final position.

Both riders will head to Q1 on Saturday morning to decide their grid position for the Sprint and Sunday’s Grand Prix of the Americas. The Sprint will run over 10 laps, starting at 15:00 Local Time on Saturday, April 13.

Joan Mir

20th 2'03.444

“Today followed a similar pattern to what we saw in Portimao, unfortunately. There are some areas we need to work on but it will take some time I think. It’s important that we know what we need to do. The good point is that I think on race pace we can be stronger, my overall position today isn’t fully accurate because of the crash. It was just a small one and I am OK.”

Luca Marini

21st 2'03.521

“When we put in the soft rear tyre we are not able to take the maximum benefit from it so it is important that we work to improve this in the future. We have some work to do tonight with the team because the gap is big. With the medium tyre we are closer to everyone. It’s just the third race so we are still early in the project, I know we will keep improving.”

MotoGP 2024
Practice Round 3   Americas

Friday Practice - Grand Prix of the Americas

Track Temp
Air Temp
Pos. Rider Num Nation Team Constructor Time/Gap
1 Martin Jorge 89 SPA Pramac Racing Ducati 02'01.397
2 Vinales Maverick 12 SPA Aprilia Racing Aprilia 0.076
3 Marquez Marc 93 SPA Team Gresini Racing MotoGP Ducati 0.409
4 Bagnaia Francesco 1 ITA Ducati Lenovo Team Ducati 0.411
5 Acosta Pedro 31 SPA Red Bull GASGAS Tech 3 KTM 0.569
6 Espargaro Aleix 41 SPA Aprilia Racing Aprilia 0.627
7 Morbidelli Franco 21 ITA Pramac Racing Ducati 0.706
8 Bastianini Enea 23 ITA Ducati Lenovo Team Ducati 0.747
9 Di Giannantonio Fabio 49 ITA Pertamina Enduro VR46 Racing Team Ducati 0.847
10 Bezzecchi Marco 72 ITA Pertamina Enduro VR46 Racing Team Ducati 0.961
11 Oliveira Miguel 88 POR Trackhouse Racing Aprilia 1.069
12 Fernandez Raul 25 SPA Trackhouse Racing Aprilia 1.079
13 Marquez Alex 73 SPA Team Gresini Racing MotoGP Ducati 1.096
14 Binder Brad 33 RSA Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 1.154
15 Fernandez Augusto 37 SPA Red Bull GASGAS Tech 3 KTM 1.156
16 Miller Jack 43 AUS Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 1.405
17 Quartararo Fabio 20 FRA Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha 1.442
18 Rins Alex 42 SPA Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha 1.478
19 Zarco Johann 5 FRA LCR Honda Honda 1.617
20 Mir Joan 36 SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda 2.047
21 Marini Luca 10 ITA Repsol Honda Team Honda 2.124
22 Nakagami Takaaki 30 JPN LCR Honda Honda 2.587
Location Information

The Circuit Of The Americas is the first purpose-built Grand Prix facility in the U.S. near Austin, Texas, with a 5.513km track and a capacity for 120,000 fans. Construction of the impressive 1000-acre facility was completed late in 2012, with MotoGP lining up at the track for the first time… read more.

Length 5.513 kilometres / 3.426 miles
Width 15 metres
Left corners 11
Right corners 9
Longest straight 1.2 kilometres / 0.746 miles
Constructed 2012
Modified 2018 (track repairs to the surface to smooth down bumps)

9201 Circuit of the Americas Blvd Austin, TX 78617 - View in Google Maps


Pole Position 2m 00.864s (164.2 km/h) Maverick Viñales (Aprilia, 2024)
Race Lap 2m 02.575s (161.9 km/h) Maverick Viñales (Aprilia, 2024)
Race Time 41m 09.503s (160.7 km/h) Maverick Viñales (Aprilia, 2024)
2024 Sprint Winner Maverick Viñales (Aprilia)
2024 Race Winner Maverick Viñales (Aprilia)