Marc Marquez put together a steady Friday in Austin as he returned to competition, ending the day sixth overall as illness holds back resilient Pol Espargaro.

Some six months after their last visit, the MotoGP World Championship grid was back in action around the 5.5-kilometre-long Circuit of the Americas as round four of the season got underway. Weather conditions remained consistent over the day’s running as the ambient temperature hovered around the mid 20s and the track say in the high 40s.

The Americas GP marked the return of Marc Marquez to MotoGP competition after his Warm Up fall in Indonesia. Taking a steady and considered approach to Friday, the eight-time World Champion increased his speed with each lap around one of his favourite tracks on the 2022 MotoGP World Championship calendar. Ending the morning in fifth, Marquez was able to fully understand his physical condition upon returning to the 1000cc Repsol Honda Team RC213V.

Focusing on rebuilding his confidence and feeling with the bike, Marquez and his side of the Repsol Honda Team are pleased with what they accomplished. Ultimatley a best time of 2’03.041 saw him take sixth overall. Saturday will see Marquez work for the GP having had ‘a day for himself’ today.

Pol Espargaro’s day got off to a complicated start in Texas with an early fall at Turn 18. Able to remount, Espargaro rode his RC213V back to the box and returned to the circuit after just a few minutes on his second machine. Ending the session in sixth and right behind his teammate, the morning finally ended on a positive note. After the session the #44 felt unwell and was left sapped of strength as he battled through stomach discomfort. Missing out on a spot in the combined top ten, Espargaro is hoping a good night’s rest will help him recover his strength. Even with his lack of energy, Espargaro finished the day within a second of the leader and under half a second of his teammate

Conditions are looking almost identical to today on Saturday, Free Practice 3 offering another opportunity to move inside the top ten. With lap times already dipping into the 2’02 bracket, it’s sure to be another tight and hard-fought session.

Marc Marquez

Sixth 2'03.041

“It’s of course nice to ride again but it was not a simple day. Our focus today was on me, about getting my feeling back and working with the team to see where we are and what the situation is. We have some good speed and from tomorrow we will start to work for the GP. I mean, work more on the setting and getting closer to the limit rather than having a day to focus on myself. Physically I am okay after today but we were not pushing as much over longer runs, we are looking to be fresh for the race.”

Pol Espargaro

12th 2'03.438

“Today was a really tough day, I am not feeling well and I have no power because I have a lot of pain and upset in my stomach. In the morning it was OK but for the afternoon session I was finished, I tried sleeping between sessions to help. The bike is performing well and there’s a lot of potential, but I have no strength. This is maybe one of the most difficult tracks to have a problem like this at because it is so physical. The plan is to head straight to the hotel and rest as much as possible before tomorrow. We need to put together one fast lap for Qualifying but there are many people who will be strong over a lap.”

MotoGP 2022
Practice Round 4   Americas

Americas Grand Prix Friday Practice Results

Dry
Humidity
16%
Track Temp
47°C
Air Temp
23°C
Pos. Rider Num Nation Team Constructor Time/Gap
1 Zarco Johann 5 FRA Pramac Racing Ducati 2'02.542
2 Miller Jack 43 AUS Ducati Lenovo Team Ducati 0.247
3 Quartararo Fabio 20 FRA Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha 0.295
4 Bastianini Enea 23 ITA Team Gresini Racing MotoGP Ducati 0.342
5 Rins Alex 42 SPA Team Suzuki Ecstar Suzuki 0.488
6 Marquez Marc 93 SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda 0.499
7 Vinales Maverick 12 SPA Aprilia Racing Aprilia 0.543
8 Mir Joan 36 SPA Team Suzuki Ecstar Suzuki 0.601
9 Bagnaia Francesco 62 ITA Ducati Lenovo Team Ducati 0.645
10 Martin Jorge 89 SPA Pramac Racing Ducati 0.813
11 Espargaro Aleix 41 SPA Aprilia Racing Aprilia 0.828
12 Espargaro Pol 44 SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda 0.896
13 Binder Brad 33 RSA Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 0.996
14 Marini Luca 10 ITA Mooney VR46 Racing Team Ducati 1.020
15 Dovizioso Andrea 4 ITA WithU Yamaha RNF MotoGP Team Yamaha 1.164
16 Marquez Alex 73 SPA LCR Honda Honda 1.253
17 Nakagami Takaaki 30 JPN LCR Honda Honda 1.532
18 Di Giannantonio Fabio 49 ITA Team Gresini Racing MotoGP Ducati 1.825
19 Bezzecchi Marco 73 ITA Mooney VR46 Racing Team Ducati 1.921
20 Gardner Remy 87 AUS Tech 3 KTM Factory Racing KTM 1.993
21 Morbidelli Franco 21 ITA Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha 2.122
22 Binder Darryn 40 RSA WithU Yamaha RNF MotoGP Team Yamaha 2.137
23 Fernandez Raul 25 SPA Tech 3 KTM Factory Racing KTM 2.228
24 Oliveira Miguel 88 POR Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 2.800
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 02.039s (162.6 km/h) Jorge Martin (Ducati, 2022)
Race Lap 2m 03.521s (160.6 km/h) Enea Bastianini (Ducati, 2022)
Race Time 41m 23.11s (159.8 km/h) Enea Bastianini (Ducati, 2022)
2022 Race Winner Enea Bastianini (Ducati)