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Marc Marquez took advantage of a newly dry track that allowed fast laps to grab the top FP4 spot Saturday at the Circuit of the Americas near Austin, Texas.
While Marquez taking the top time seems to be his birthright here at COTA, the Yamahas of Jorge Lorenzo (2nd) and Valentino Rossi (3rd) closed the gap slightly. The Yamahas lapped within half of a second of Marquez and were the only other bikes to circulate in the 2'04s. Scott Redding finished the session as the top Ducati, closely followed by Andrea Dovizioso (5th) and Maverick Vinales (6th).
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Sam Lowes topped the Moto2 timesheet in mixed conditions at the COTA Saturday's FP3, an interrupted session that required riders to pit and switch to rain tires. Lowes was the only rider to manage a dip into the 2'09s before rain started falling -- his time still well off Alex Rins' mark from FP2.
Marc Marquez finished FP3 Saturday exactly where he's finished nearly every session over three years in MotoGP at the Circuit of the Americas: Firmly in first place. But Andrea Iannone managed to move into the outskirts Marquez's neighborhood in the morning practice session that helps to firm up the grid for Sunday's race.
Facing the dual threats of rain and an increasingly quick rival, Jorge Navarro set the fastest Moto3 lap of the weekend to take the top spot in FP3 Saturday at the Circuit of the Americas in Texas. But neither rain nor rival could stop Navarro, whose 2'16.121 put him six-tenths of a second clear of Romano Fenati (2nd) who had led much of the morning session.
Alex Rins piled on the pressure in FP2 Friday in Texas with the fastest-ever Moto2 lap at the Circuit of the Americas: 2'09.564. Rins was the first rider to drop into the 2'09s midway through the early afternoon session and consistently hit that mark on his way to the fastest lap at the 5.5 km (3.4 mi.) track near Austin.
Marc Marquez apparently decided that the two-tenths margin he’d established in FP1 was insufficient, so he extended that gap to seven-tenths of a second in FP2 Friday at the Circuit of the Americas in Texas. Marquez did, however, make things interesting with a mid-practice crash when the front end washed out near the pit entrance at Turn 20. But by then, he’d already set the fast time, a habit he continued on his backup bike.
Fabio Quartararo grabbed the top spot from Romano Fenati in the second Moto3 practice Friday -- a potentially worrisome prospect for the rest of the field given the young Frenchman's rookie performance here last year. As a 16-year-old Moto3 rookie in 2015, Quartararo finished second in the race here at the Circuit of the Americas near Austin, Texas.
Alex Rins saved his best for last in FP1 with a blistering 2'10.156 Friday that put him more than three-tenths of a second clear of Simone Corsi at the Circuit of the Americas track in Texas. Rins, the runner-up in last year's Moto2 championship and a third-place finisher here in Austin in 2015, spent most of the session in the top 10 before turning up the wick toward the session's end.
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.
With 10 minutes left in the first Moto3 practice session Friday at the Circuit of the Americas track near Austin, Texas, Jorge Navarro took over the top spot in the timesheet and never looked back. Navarro’s 2'17.433 put him nearly two-tenths of a second clear of Niccolo Antonelli and just about half of a second in front of Romano Fenati (3rd), who had been leading the morning session under a clear sky.