Marquez fastest on day one at the Red Bull GP of the Americas, with Pedrosa fifth
There was a positive start to the Grand Prix of the Americas for the Repsol Honda Team, with Marc Marquez leading the field at the end of day one and Dani Pedrosa in fifth.
Both Marc and Dani improved during the day, the former knocking 1.439” off his pace from the morning to move to the top from second place, the latter improving by 1.298” to get into top five.
FP3 will begin tomorrow at 9:55 a.m.
“Today went well enough and in the second session I started to feel more comfortable on the bike, but there are some areas of the setup where we need to keep working hard, especially to improve the feeling with the front. The positive is that over the course of the day, we were able to complete a lot of work and try all the tyres, even the soft one, to see how the bike reacts. In the afternoon we also took a step forward with the electronics, finding a good enough base, although we also want to sort out some more details there to improve the bike’s behaviour on the bumps. I look forward to tomorrow, to continue the good work on the bike and on myself as well, I also can improve in T4.”
“We were able to improve after the first practice session and to try some more things with the setup, and also with the tyres. We must do a good job of using the information we gathered today in order to take another step forward tomorrow. We’re especially looking to improve in the first and third sectors, and to prepare for the race as well as possible.”
FREE PRACTICE 2 Results
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|
|Longest straight||1.2 kilometres / 0.746 miles|
|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 01.892s (162.8 km/h) Francesco Bagnai (Ducati, 2023)|
|Race Lap||2m 03.126s (161.1 km/h) Alex Rins (Honda, 2023)|
|Race Time||41m 14.649s (160.4 km/h) Alex Rins (Honda, 2023)|
|2023 Sprint Winner||Francesco Bagnai (Ducati)|
|2023 Race Winner||Alex Rins (Honda)|