The GP of the Americas, which got underway today in Austin in ideal weather conditions (air 27°C, ground 38°C), ended with Marc Marquez powering his RC213V to the top of the timesheet in both free practice sessions. After being the only rider to dip below the 2’05 barrier in the morning, Marc set the pace in FP2 as well, posting the fastest time of 2’04.034 despite a small crash in the last corner midway into the session.

In the morning, Dani Pedrosa tried a setup that didn’t work as he expected, and after more modifications in the afternoon, he improved his pace slightly, not yet to the point that he and his crew are aiming for but still less than three tenths of a second from the provisional front row.

FP3 will commence tomorrow at 9:55 a.m. local time

Marc Marquez

1st 2'04.034

“Overall, I'm happy with how the day went. Acceleration was something of an unknown, but it seems initially that it is not as much of a factor here as at other circuits, because most of the corner exits here are in first gear, and we don’t lose so much. This morning we briefly tested some new winglets that effectively reduce the wheelying a little bit, but we need to test them further to better understand the bike’s behaviour with them. In the afternoon I had a small crash in which I was unhurt. I saw that I was going very well on a lap and, on the last corner, I left my braking until a little later than before. I found out where the limit is. I'm happy with how the day went but we can still continue to improve."

Dani Pedrosa

8th 2'05.194

“Today has been quite difficult because we’re still looking for the best setting for this track. After the last race, we decided to try something new this morning, but it didn’t provide the feeling I was hoping for, so we changed it again in the afternoon. We improved our pace but it’s still not what I am looking for. This track requires good acceleration as well as braking and handling, so we’ll continue working to improve our feeling when riding, in order to get more comfortable and, as a result, improve our times.”

MotoGP 2016
Practice Round 3   Americas

Results Session

Sunny / Dry
Humidity
21%
Track Temp
38°C
Air Temp
27°C
Pos. Rider Num Nation Team Constructor Time/Gap
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

circuitoftheamericas.com

Records

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)