Thomas Luthi set the fastest Moto2 lap of the day to top the timesheet in the third practice session Saturday at Austin's COTA. Luthi's 2'10.871 didn't match the top times from 2013 or even 2014's FP2, but it was enough to put him six-hundreths clear of Maverick Vinales' second-fastest showing.
Press releases from the Moto2 and Moto3 teams after the first day of practice at Austin:
SOLID FIRST OUTING IN AUSTIN FOR ANTONELLI AND BASTIANINI
Junior Team GO&FUN Moto3 riders got off to a promising start at the second Moto3 World Championship event of the year, which kicked off today at the Circuit of The Americas.
Johann Zarco made this point clear to the Moto2 field: The first free practice was no fluke. Zarco, who finished sixth in the race here last year, set the fastest time for the second practice in a row Friday at the COTA circuit with a 2'10.839. He was the only Moto2 rider to dip into the 2'10s.
The time is two-tenths of a second better than Dominic Aegerter's second fastest showing and just three-tenths slower than the pole-position time from last year (set by Scott Redding).
With seven minutes remaining in the first Moto2 free practice at the Circuit of the Americas Friday, Johann Zarco claimed the top spot and didn't let go. Zarco's 2'11.788 put him one-tenth of a second clear of the tight field at the Texas track. Xavier Simeon, who spent most of FP1 lingering around the bottom of the top 10, set a final, blistering lap with no time remaining to claim the second-fastest time.
It was fitting – some might say inevitable – that Colin Edwards chose the Grand Prix of the Americas in his home state of Texas to announce his retirement. He had just spent the last couple of weeks at home, with his growing kids, doing dad stuff like taking them to gymnastics and baseball and motocross, then hosted a group, including current GP riders and a couple of journos, at his Bootcamp dirt track school. He had had time to mull over his future, then talk it over with his wife Ally, and come to a decision.
Press release previews from the Moto2 and Moto3 teams ahead of this weekend's race in Austin:
Rabat and Kallio ready to resume rivalry in Austin
Gosselies, Belgium – 7 April 2014: The Marc VDS Racing Team’s Tito Rabat and Mika Kallio are keen to repeat the success of Qatar this weekend, as they head to the Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas for round two of the 2014 Moto2 World Championship.
The Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas is a difficult track to get right. The track features a mixture of both flowing and tricky sections, as well as fast straights with hard braking corners. To help give fans an insight into both setting up a bike for the track and the right approach to riding the circuit, the Marc VDS Racing team issued a press release in which Moto2 rider Mika Kallio explains his approach to the track. A fascinating look at this still relatively new circuit:
Mika Kallio: It’s all about compromise at the Circuit of Americas
HRC are to have a get a new president. After five years, Tetsuo Suzuki is to step down as present of Honda's racing department, and move back towards the production side of the business. He is to be replaced by Yoshishige Nomura, a man with a long history in HRC. Nomura was involved in the engineering of some of Honda's most classic engines, including the NR750, the RC30 and RC45. He also had a role in the 990cc V5 RC211V MotoGP machine.
The Monster Tech 3 team are producing a series of press release offering some background information on the practical side of MotoGP. The first in the series is a fascinating insight into what it takes to transport all of the bikes, tools, equipment and other paraphernalia necessary for racing around the world to allow the Tech 3 MotoGP and Moto2 teams to contest the world championship. It is an intriguing read. The press release appears below:
Insight - Part1: Logistical Organisation
The Idemistu Honda Team Asia today issued a press release with a clarification on Takaaki Nakagami's disqualification after the Moto2 race at Losail. Nakagami's Kalex was found to be fitted with an illegal air filter during a technical inspection, as Race Director Mike Webb explained to the MotoGP.com website. Webb acknowledged that the error was entirely unintentional, and was a result of misinterpreting the technical rules.