2016 Austin MotoGP FP1: Marquez -- Who Else? -- Takes The Top Spot

Marc Marquez does not appear ready to concede any territory at the Circuit of the Americas near Austin, Texas. The Spaniard, who has dominated every MotoGP race at the circuit, began his 2016 practice session where he left off last year: At the top of the timesheet.  

Marquez's 2'04.953 on Friday morning put him two-tenths ahead of World Champion Jorge Lorenzo and more than half a second ahead of third-fastest rider, Andrea Iannone. And there likely is much more room for improvement. The Honda rider's FP1 time remains two seconds off his best effort at the 5.5 km (3.4 mi.) track. He was the only rider to dip into the 2'04s in FP1.

Hector Barbara, who has has a strong start to the 2016 season, finished the 45-minute session in fourth. Andrea Dovizioso (5th), Scott Redding (6th) and Valentino Rossi (7th) finished the morning practice more than one second back. Rossi set his best lap at the very end of FP1 with tempertures rising and the weather clear.  Jack Miller crashed hard in the session but is expected to be ready for FP2.

Results:

Pos. No. Rider Bike Time Diff. / Prev.
1 93 Marc MARQUEZ Honda 2'04.953  
2 99 Jorge LORENZO Yamaha 2'05.208 0.255 / 0.255
3 29 Andrea IANNONE Ducati 2'05.570 0.617 / 0.362
4 8 Hector BARBERA Ducati 2'05.682 0.729 / 0.112
5 4 Andrea DOVIZIOSO Ducati 2'06.032 1.079 / 0.350
6 45 Scott REDDING Ducati 2'06.224 1.271 / 0.192
7 46 Valentino ROSSI Yamaha 2'06.252 1.299 / 0.028
8 68 Yonny HERNANDEZ Ducati 2'06.264 1.311 / 0.012
9 25 Maverick VIÑALES Suzuki 2'06.367 1.414 / 0.103
10 26 Dani PEDROSA Honda 2'06.450 1.497 / 0.083
11 41 Aleix ESPARGARO Suzuki 2'06.482 1.529 / 0.032
12 44 Pol ESPARGARO Yamaha 2'06.581 1.628 / 0.099
13 35 Cal CRUTCHLOW Honda 2'06.772 1.819 / 0.191
14 6 Stefan BRADL Aprilia 2'07.135 2.182 / 0.363
15 53 Tito RABAT Honda 2'07.189 2.236 / 0.054
16 38 Bradley SMITH Yamaha 2'07.259 2.306 / 0.070
17 50 Eugene LAVERTY Ducati 2'07.261 2.308 / 0.002
18 19 Alvaro BAUTISTA Aprilia 2'07.449 2.496 / 0.188
19 76 Loris BAZ Ducati 2'07.506 2.553 / 0.057
20 51 Michele PIRRO Ducati 2'07.895 2.942 / 0.389
21 43 Jack MILLER Honda 2'07.897 2.944 / 0.002

 

Round Number: 
3
2016
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