2017 Austin MotoGP MotoGP FP1 Result: Vinales Continues To Shine

Maverick Vinales took the first step in his effort to rewrite history at the Circuit of the Americas near Austin, Texas, with a fast lap that put him more than half a second clear of the the number two rider in Friday's first free practice. And that number two rider? The man who has won four previous races he has entered at the 5.5 kilometer (3.4 mile) track: Marc Marquez.

Vinales' 2'04.923, set with 12 minutes remaining in the 45-minute session, left him slightly more than five-tenths of a second clear of Marquez, who led practice early on. The top spot in FP1 is no small feat for the Yamaha factory team rider who has won the first two races of the 2017 season; Marquez has not only dominated all four MotoGP races here, he has led nearly every practice session as well and still owns the circuit record.

Andrea Dovizioso, who was taken out of last year's contest by another rider while in third place, finished the session as third-fastest, six-tenths of a second behind the leader. Johann Zarco, the MotoGP rookie who would be the lead story of the 2017 season if not for Vinales' early dominance, finished as fourth-fastest after climbing as high as third. Alvaro Bautista used a final fast lap with no time remaining to leap into fifth, dropping Ducati's Jorge Lorenzo (6th) one place.  

Dani Pedrosa, the rider who took out Dovizioso in 2016, finished the session in seventh 1.1 seconds behind Vinales. Valentino Rossi, on the podium for the first two races of the year, found some speed late in the session to eventually settle in to eighth. Aleix Espargaro (9th) and Danilo Petrucci (10th) rounded out the top 10 as temperatures climbed on the dry track. 

Results:

Pos. No. Rider Bike Time Diff. / Prev.  
1 25 Maverick VIÑALES Yamaha 2'04.923    
2 93 Marc MARQUEZ Honda 2'05.500 0.577 / 0.577  
3 4 Andrea DOVIZIOSO Ducati 2'05.604 0.681 / 0.104  
4 5 Johann ZARCO Yamaha 2'05.790 0.867 / 0.186  
5 19 Alvaro BAUTISTA Ducati 2'05.833 0.910 / 0.043  
6 99 Jorge LORENZO Ducati 2'06.017 1.094 / 0.184  
7 26 Dani PEDROSA Honda 2'06.109 1.186 / 0.092  
8 46 Valentino ROSSI Yamaha 2'06.292 1.369 / 0.183  
9 41 Aleix ESPARGARO Aprilia 2'06.411 1.488 / 0.119  
10 9 Danilo PETRUCCI Ducati 2'06.469 1.546 / 0.058  
11 35 Cal CRUTCHLOW Honda 2'06.484 1.561 / 0.015  
12 43 Jack MILLER Honda 2'06.515 1.592 / 0.031  
13 45 Scott REDDING Ducati 2'06.646 1.723 / 0.131  
14 94 Jonas FOLGER Yamaha 2'06.692 1.769 / 0.046  
15 8 Hector BARBERA Ducati 2'06.786 1.863 / 0.094  
16 29 Andrea IANNONE Suzuki 2'06.824 1.901 / 0.038  
17 53 Tito RABAT Honda 2'06.894 1.971 / 0.070  
18 76 Loris BAZ Ducati 2'07.127 2.204 / 0.233  
19 17 Karel ABRAHAM Ducati 2'07.300 2.377 / 0.173  
20 42 Alex RINS Suzuki 2'08.006 3.083 / 0.706  
21 44 Pol ESPARGARO KTM 2'08.128 3.205 / 0.122  
22 22 Sam LOWES Aprilia 2'08.292 3.369 / 0.164  
23 38 Bradley SMITH KTM 2'08.740 3.817 / 0.448  

 

Round Number: 
3
2017
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