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Grand Prix of the Americas Moto3, Practice 1 | David Alonso out front on day one at COTA

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David Alonso holds the overnight advantage after the first day of Practice action for Round 3 of the 2024 Moto3 World Championship at Circuit of The Americas.

The Colombian, a winner already this season at the Qatar Moto3 season opener, enjoyed a comfortable margin over closest rivals Jose Antonio Rueda and Angel Piqueras come the end of Practice 1.

Posting a lap time of 2,m 15.173secs, the CFMoto Aspar Team rider was two tenths faster than Red Bull KTM Ajo's Rueda, the Spaniard in contention from the off in Austin as he continues his search for a maiden Moto3 win this weekend.


Despite an off in FP1, rookie Angel Piqueras impressed en route to the third fastest time, the Leopard Racing rider just three tenths off the top spot and ahead of more experienced competition, including championship leader and Portuguese Moto3 winner Daniel Holgado - who made gains late on to escape a provisional Q1 spot - and 2023 Grand Prix of The Americas Moto3 winner Ivan Ortola in fourth and fifth respectively.

Joel Kelso and David Muñoz survived a brush with one another to hold down sixth and eighth, the BOE Motorsport pair sandwiching another head-turning rookie in Jacob Roulstone aboard the second of the Red Bull GasGas Tech3 entries

Taiyo Furusato on the Honda Team Asia bike and MTA's Stefano Nepa completed the top ten, with the remainder of the overnight Q2 slots held by Matteo Bertelle, Ryusei Yamanaka - despite colliding with MT Helmets - MSI team-mate Ortola early on in the P1 session - top British rider Scott Ogden and the returning David Almansa.

Josh Whatley, meanwhile, has work to do ahead of the morning Practice 2 session down in 24th place on the MLav Racing Honda.

2024 Grand Prix of The Americas Moto3, COTA | Practice 1 Results

Friday | Conditions - Dry, Sunny
🇺🇸 ⏱️ 2024 Grand Prix of The Americas Moto3 Results | Circuit of The Americas | Practice 1 Results | Round 3 of 21
Pos.NameNat.TeamChassisLap Time
1David Alonso🇨🇴CFMoto Aspar TeamCFMoto2m 15.173
2Jose Antonio Rueda🇪🇦Red Bull KTM AjoKTM2m 15.359
3Angel Piqueras🇪🇦Leopard RacingHonda2m 15.490
4Daniel Holgado🇪🇦Red Bull GasGas Tech3GasGas2m 15.567
5Ivan Ortola🇪🇦MT Helmets - MSIKTM2m 15.606
6Joel Kelso🇦🇺BOE MotorsportKTM2m 15.767
7Jacob Roulstone🇦🇺Red Bull GasGas Tech3GasGas2m 15.987
8David Munoz🇪🇦BOE MotorsportKTM2m 15.987
9Taiyo Furusato🇯🇵Honda Team AsiaHonda2m 16.082
10Stefano Nepa🇮🇹LevelUp-MTAKTM2m 16.135
11Matteo Bertelle🇮🇹Rivacold Snipers TeamHonda2m 16.206
12Ryusei Yamanaka🇯🇵MT Helmets - MSIKTM2m 16.218
13Scott Ogden🇬🇧MLav RacingHonda2m 16.377
14David Almansa🇪🇦Rivacold Snipers TeamHonda2m 16.381
15Adrian Fernandez🇪🇦Leopard RacingHonda2m 16.393
16Tatsuki Suzuki🇯🇵Liqui Moly Husqvarna Inatact GPHusqvarna2m 16.448
17Luca Lunetta🇮🇹SIC 58 Squadra CorseHonda2m 16.484
18Collin Veijer🇳🇱Liqui Moly Husqvarna Inatact GPHusqvarna2m 16.498
19Filippo Farioli🇮🇹SIC 58 Squadra CorseHonda2m 16.570
20Joel Esteban🇪🇦CFMoto Aspar TeamCFMoto1m 16.610
21Nicola Carraro🇮🇹LevelUp-MTAKTM2m 16.808
22Xabi Zurutuza🇪🇦Red Bull KTM AjoKTM2m 16.953
23Riccardo Rossi🇮🇹CIP Green PowerKTM2m 17.323
24Joshua Whatley🇬🇧MLav RacingHonda2m 17.818
25Noah Dettweiler🇨🇭CIP Green PowerKTM2m 18.376
26Tatchakorn Busari🇹🇭Honda Team AsiaHonda2m 18.633

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