Remember that pesky rain setting the scene for all kinds of trouble last time around? None of that in Austin, at least on Friday, but what was lacking in rain, COTA was making up in dust. That did not hinder the lightweight class too much and the first to tame the bull was perhaps predictably Jorge Martin, the Spaniard enjoying the sunshine from the top of the timesheets.
Enea Bastianini was a consistent leader throughout the session and only lost out with the final charge over the last five minutes but the Italian continued on his upward trend to finish second, only a tenth and a half behind the Gresini rider. Some good signs came from the man in third, Andrea Migno finding some confidence in the unquestionably dry conditions to trail the Leopard rider by only six thousandths of a second.
Fourth position was taken by Moto3’s most recent winner, Marco Bezzecchi, the Italian two tenths down on the leader after showing good consistency throughout the morning session. Championship leader Aron Canet had a go at the lead but eventually settled for a steady fifth place, three tenths down on his leading compatriot. Another Spanish revelation occupied sixth position, Jaume Masia being trailed by Niccolo Antonelli as the final two men within half a second of the leader.
The top ten was covered by one second and it was completed by some more habitual frontrunners in Philipp Oettl, Fabio Di Giannantonio and John McPhee.
|9||21||Fabio DI GIANNANTONIO||Honda||2'20.739||0.734||0.217|
|13||48||Lorenzo DALLA PORTA||Honda||2'21.154||1.149||0.020|