Maverick Vinales fastest in the opening practice for Americas MotoGP

Maverick Vinales fastest in the opening practice for Americas MotoGP

Aprilia’s Maverick Vinales edged Pramac’s Jorge Martin to secure the fastest time in the opening 45-minute practice session for the Grand Prix of the Americas MotoGP.

Maverick Vinales topped the timesheets in the first free practice for the Grand Prix of The Americas MotoGP as the Aprilia rider extended his success from Portugal by dominating right from the start at the Circuit of The Americas.

The Spaniard’s last sector proved to be crucial for the session’s final rankings, as he recorded an impressive time of 2.03.294 seconds, while no one else had a chance to get within his constant fastest lap times over the course of the practice.

Second place went to championship leader Jorge Martin as the Prima Pramac Ducati rider comes to the United States with a healthy 18-point lead over his rivals at the top of the standings. Pedro Acosta, who put on yet another spectacular performance rounded out the top three.

As it turned out, the weekend got off to a good start for the majority of well performing riders in Portugal. Enea Bastianini, who finished second to Martin in the full-length grand prix, was also fast, finishing fourth on the factory Ducati, ahead of stablemate Marco Bezzecchi on the Pertamina Enduro VR46 bike.

Along with Acosta, Brad Binder and Jack Miller were among the three KTM riders who finished in the top ten as Binder finished sixth, while Miller who dominated the timesheets until the final moments, placed ninth.

Prima Pramac Ducati’s Franco Morbidelli, riding split the duo in seventh place, while seven-time MotoGP race winner at COTA Marc Marquez held onto eighth place on the sister Gresini entry. Completing the top ten was Fabio di Giannantonio, who made it six Ducatis in the top half.

Reigning champion Francesco Bagnaia surprised everyone by finishing 0.016 seconds outside the top 10, meaning he will need to improve in practice sessions going forward to guarantee his advance to Qualifying’s second round.

Yamaha’s problems still lingered as Alex Rins and Fabio Quartararo finished one second behind the leaders as the duo was barely separated by 0.006 seconds.

Both Trackhouse Aprilia riders Raul Fernandez and Miguel Oliveira finished ahead of Aleix Espargaro, who struggled to a 19th-place finish. The riders were expecting a stronger showing than 12th and 17th in front of the squad’s home audience.

Both of the factory Honda riders finished in 15th and 16th place, but their results were only 0.2s away from the top 10, which boded well for Luca Marini and Joan Mir. Meanwhile, Augusto Fernandez could only manage the 18th best time on the Tech3 GASGAS machine, falling short of his rookie teammate.

Johann Zarco and Takaaki Nakagami finished the race in the last two spots, with the LCR Honda team struggling to finish half a second behind the rest of the pack.

2024 Grand Prix of The Americas MotoGP Free Practice 1 Results

Pos.NameNat.TeamMotorcycleLap Time
1Maverick Vinales🇪🇦Aprilia RacingAprilia RS-GP2m 03.294
2Jorge Martin🇪🇦Prima Pramac RacingDucati GP242m 03.443
3Pedro Acosta🇪🇦Red Bull GasGas Factory Tech3KTM RC162m 03.606
4Enea Bastianini🇮🇹Ducati Leonovo TeamDucati GP242m 03.700
5Marco Bezzecchi🇮🇹Pertamina Enduro VR46 RacingDucati GP232m 03.812
6Brad Binder🇿🇦Red Bull KTM Factory RacingKTM RC162m 03.865
7Franco Morbidelli🇮🇹Prima Pramac RacingDucati GP242m 03.904
8Marc Marquez🇪🇦Gresini RacingDucati GP232m 04.003
9Jack Miller🇦🇺Red Bull KTM Factory RacingKTM RC162m 04.210
10Fabio di Giannantonio🇮🇹Pertamina Enduro VR46 RacingDucati GP232m 04.226
11Pecco Bagnaia🇮🇹Ducati Leonovo TeamDucati GP242m 04.242
12Raul Fernandez 🇪🇦Trackhouse RacingAprilia RS-GP2m 04.272
13Alex Rins🇪🇦Monster Energy YamahaYamaha M12m 04.305
14Fabio Quartararo🇫🇷Monster Energy YamahaYamaha M12m 04.311
15Luca Marini🇮🇹Repsol Honda TeamHonda RC213V2m 04.401
16Joan Mir🇪🇦Repsol Honda TeamHonda RC213V2m 04.435
17Miguel Oliveira🇵🇹Trackhouse RacingAprilia RS-GP2m 04.514
18Augusto Fernandez🇪🇦Red Bull GasGas Factory Tech3KTM RC162m 04.559
19Aleix Espargaro🇪🇦Aprilia RacingAprilia RS-GP2m 04.813
20Alex Marquez🇪🇦Gresini RacingDucati GP232m 04.857
21Johann Zarco🇫🇷LCR HondaHonda RC213V2m 05.345
22Takaaki Nakagami🇯🇵LCR HondaHonda RC213V2m 05.372

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