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.
|Pos.||No.||Rider||Bike||Time||Diff. / Prev.|
|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|