Miguel Oliveira grabbed the top spot with a fast final lap Friday during FP1 at the Circuit of the Americas Friday near Austin, Texas. Oliveira’s 2’11.606 dropped Franco Morbidelli into second, a mere three-hundredths back. Morbidelli, who has won the first two races of 2017, led for much of latter half of the first practice.
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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.
Aron Canet set a blistering final lap in Friday's first practice to take the top spot in warming temperatures at the Circuit of the Americas track near Austin Texas. Canet's 2'16.820 left him as the only rider to break into the 2'16s in the 45-minute practice.
Results and summary of a fascinating and incident-packed race at the Termas De Rio Hondo Circuit:
Results and summary of the Moto2 race in Argentina:
Results and summary of an exhilarating opening Moto3 race in Argentina:
Results and summary of a very tight qualifying session for the Moto2 class:
Results and summary of two thrilling qualifying sessions in MotoGP:
The rain finally gave the riders consistently wet conditions in Argentina for the final session of MotoGP free practice. Marc Marquez was fastest in the wet, finishing ahead of Cal Crutchlow and Andrea Dovizioso. Danilo Petrucci set the fourth fastest time, ahead of Jack Miller and Jonas Folger.
Fastest man in the dry, Maverick Viñales, was eight quickest, a second off the pace of Marquez in the wet. Valentino Rossi fared no better, ending thirteenth and 1.350 seconds slower, while Jorge Lorenzo was a second and a half behind Marquez in sixteenth.
Results and summary of qualifying for the Moto3 class in Argentina:
The weather once again took center stage for the final session of free practice for the Moto2 class in Argentina. The rain which had fallen during the final fifteen minutes of the MotoGP session left the track in a pretty treacherous condition, leaving riders wary of pushing too hard. Conditions improved towards the end, with riders upping the pace, but still falling a couple of seconds short of the times set on Friday.
The rain came to Termas De Rio Honda at last during the MotoGP FP3 session, but it held off until the second half of the session before it sent everyone scuttling back to their garages. The conditions made it hard for may riders to improve, with nobody able to break into the top ten and go through to Q2.