Fri. Oct 22nd, 2021

Six Time Circuit Of The Americas winner, Marc Marquez topped the first practice session of the Austin MotoGP.

The Repsol Honda rider dominated the first practice session in wet conditions and once again it looks like he’s the man to beat. Championship leader Fabio Quartararo finished the session in 15th place.

The wet conditions at COTA were very similar to Misano first practice sessin two weeks ago, which again Marc Marquez dominated.

Marc Marquez started the session two seconds clear of his teammate Pol Espargaro but it was not long before Pramac rider Johann Zarco reduced the margin to just 1.3 seconds.

As the practice session progressed the track started to dry out with a dry line appearing but it wasa still too risky to bring the slick tyres out.

In the last 15 minutes lap times continued to progress as the riders had much more grip on the track. Marquez, improved his lap time with an eighth of a second after changing from soft wets to mediums.

Factory Ducati rider Jack Miller tried to get within two tenths of Marc Marquez but in the end was unable to get the better of him as the time attack became more intense, however Miller ended up ranking second.

Johann Zarco was third in the time sheets after undergoing an arm pump surgery as Miguel Oliveira ranked fourth making a huge comeback after tough Silverstone, Aragon, Austria and Misano rounds.

Marc Marquez teammate Pol Espargaro ranked fifth in the timesheets as his brother Alex Marquez finished an encouraging sixth as the session came to a close.

The only rider to have crashed in the session was Takaaki Nakagami who suffered a late fall at Turn 15.

AUSTIN MOTOGP, COTA – FREE PRACTICE (1) RESULTS

POSRIDERNATTEAMTIME/DIFFLAPMAX
1Marc MarquezSPARepsol Honda (RC213V)2’15.872s12/15338k
2Jack MillerAUSDucati Team (GP21)+0.167s14/15339k
3Johann ZarcoFRAPramac Ducati (GP21)+0.599s16/16338k
4Miguel OliveiraPORRed Bull KTM (RC16)+0.783s14/15334k
5Pol EspargaroSPARepsol Honda (RC213V)+0.950s14/15339k
6Alex MarquezSPALCR Honda (RC213V)+1.092s16/16333k
7Alex RinsSPASuzuki Ecstar (GSX-RR)+1.155s15/15334k
8Francesco BagnaiaITADucati Team (GP21)+1.456s16/16338k
9Brad BinderRSARed Bull KTM (RC16)+1.724s13/14336k
10Iker LecuonaSPAKTM Tech3 (RC16)+1.724s16/16328k
11Luca MariniITASky VR46 Avintia Ducati (GP19)*+1.883s12/13335k
12Joan MirSPASuzuki Ecstar (GSX-RR)+2.031s9/14333k
13Danilo PetrucciITAKTM Tech3 (RC16)+2.211s11/14332k
14Aleix EspargaroSPAAprilia Gresini (RS-GP)+2.215s14/14333k
15Fabio QuartararoFRAMonster Yamaha (YZR-M1)+2.293s16/16334k
16Takaaki NakagamiJPNLCR Honda (RC213V)+2.420s14/15338k
17Franco MorbidelliITAMonster Yamaha (YZR-M1)+2.658s13/14329k
18Enea BastianiniITAAvintia Ducati (GP19)*+2.776s14/14335k
19Jorge MartinSPAPramac Ducati (GP21)*+2.960s8/14332k
20Valentino RossiITAPetronas Yamaha (YZR-M1)+3.796s14/14333k
21Andrea DoviziosoITAPetronas Yamaha (YZR-M1)+4.684s5/12329k

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