Mir and Bradl build Americas GP potential
An action-packed Friday at the Red Bull Grand Prix of the Americas saw late falls end a promising day for Joan Mir and Stefan Bradl, with Mir again missing Q2 by less than 0.1s.
Dark clouds hovered overhead at the Circuit of the Americas as Friday’s MotoGP action commenced but any serious rain stayed away, and the Repsol Honda Team were able to put together a productive opening day.
A motivated Joan Mir worked to steadily improve his speed over the course of the day and put his Repsol Honda Team RC213V at the top of the time sheets in the latter stages of Free Practice 2. His charge would continue as he battled to stay inside the top ten, moving to fifth with just a few minutes of the session left. Unfortunately, the #36 was forced to take avoiding action as Zarco’s stricken Ducati lay in the middle of the track which resulted in a fall for Mir. Ending the day in 12th thanks to a best time of 2’02.904, the double World Champion will again face the challenge of Q1 on Saturday.
Stefan Bradl’s return to racing in Austin had the German Test Rider setting competitive times and getting himself among several of the full-time riders. A crash in FP2 when pushing on his final run meant Bradl couldn’t improve any further and saw him drop back after running as high as 16th. Taking 20th as the flag came out, the former Moto2 World Champion was unable to show his true potential but remains pleased with the progress made by himself and the Repsol Honda Team.
Temperatures reaching the mid-30s look set to return to the Red Bull Grand Prix of the Americas on Saturday as the Repsol Honda Team duo aim to deliver on the potential they showed today.
“Today had some potential and I think without the crash at the end, we could have a chance to find half a tenth or so and stay in the top ten. But we didn’t get the chance and this is what it is – it happens in racing. In MotoGP now if you make just a small mistake or are missing something small, you go from sixth to 12th. I am not quite at 100% and this is maybe the most physical track on the calendar, so it is complicated. But tomorrow we have a good possibility of improving tomorrow.”
“I was quite happy with how I was riding today even if I made a mistake at the end of the session. I could have gotten a few more positions if I finished that lap, but anyway it was a good day overall. It’s a really physical track, coming back to racing is always a challenge and here adds an extra element. Fortunately, I have always enjoyed riding here and I was able to improve my feeling quite quickly. Now we need to rest, set our plan for tomorrow and get ready for my first Sprint.”
Friday Practice - Americas Grand Prix
|1||Martin Jorge||89||SPA||Pramac Racing||Ducati||2'02.178|
|2||Bagnaia Francesco||1||ITA||Ducati Lenovo Team||Ducati||0.063|
|3||Rins Alex||42||SPA||LCR Honda||Honda||0.217|
|4||Marini Luca||10||ITA||Mooney VR46 Racing Team||Ducati||0.238|
|5||Marquez Alex||73||SPA||Team Gresini Racing MotoGP||Ducati||0.504|
|6||Vinales Maverick||12||SPA||Aprilia Racing||Aprilia||0.539|
|7||Quartararo Fabio||20||FRA||Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP||Yamaha||0.543|
|8||Binder Brad||33||RSA||Red Bull KTM Factory Racing||KTM||0.557|
|9||Espargaro Aleix||41||SPA||Aprilia Racing||Aprilia||0.587|
|10||Miller Jack||43||AUS||Red Bull KTM Factory Racing||KTM||0.663|
|11||Bezzecchi Marco||72||ITA||Mooney VR46 Racing Team||Ducati||0.700|
|12||Mir Joan||36||SPA||Repsol Honda Team||Honda||0.726|
|13||Nakagami Takaaki||30||JPN||LCR Honda||Honda||1.030|
|14||Zarco Johann||5||FRA||Pramac Racing||Ducati||1.151|
|15||Oliveira Miguel||88||POR||RNF MotoGP Team||Aprilia||1.162|
|16||Morbidelli Franco||21||ITA||Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP||Yamaha||1.265|
|17||Pirro Michele||51||ITA||Ducati Test Team||Ducati||1.507|
|18||Fernandez Raul||25||SPA||RNF MotoGP Team||Aprilia||1.512|
|19||Di Giannantonio Fabio||49||ITA||Team Gresini Racing MotoGP||Ducati||1.901|
|20||Bradl Stefan||6||GER||Repsol Honda Team||Honda||1.951|
|21||Fernandez Augusto||37||SPA||Tech3 GASGAS Factory Racing||KTM||2.383|
|22||Folger Jonas||94||GER||Tech3 GASGAS Factory Racing||KTM||4.351|
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)|