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.

Joan Mir

12th 2'02.904

“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.”

Stefan Bradl

20th 2'04.129

“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.”

MotoGP 2023
Practice Round 3   Americas

Friday Practice - Americas Grand Prix

Pos. Rider Num Nation Team Constructor Time/Gap
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
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)