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MotoGP Grand Prix of The Americas, FP1 | Maverick Viñales picks himself up to top COTA opener

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Maverick Vinales topped the timesheets in first free practice for the MotoGP Grand Prix of The Americas, the Aprilia rider picking up where he left off in Portugal to lead the way out of the box at the Circuit of The Americas.

A continuation of the strong pace shown last time out at Portimao - where he claimed a Sprint Race victory and was on course for a podium in the full-length grand prix prior to a late crash - Vinales would set the standard as action got underway for this weekend’s Texan event.

Springing to the top of the timesheets during the final ten minutes, Vinales 2m 03.294s lap weathered a last gasp challenge from Jorge Martin, the current championship leader coming up +0.149s short of unseating his countryman.


The Prima Pramac Ducati rider - who arrives in the United States armed with a healthy 18 point advantage over his rivals at the head of the standings - held two tenths over third place man Pedro Acosta, the teenage sensation shrugging off any possible weighted expectations following his fine podium in Portugal to complete an all-Spanish top three.

Indeed, it was a positive start to the weekend for the standout riders in Portugal with Enea Bastianini - second to Martin in the full-length grand prix - once again at the sharp end in fourth on the factory Ducati, followed by stablemate Marco Bezzecchi on the Pertamina Enduro VR46 machine.

Brad Binder and Jack Miller joined Acosta in counting themselves among a trio of KTM riders cracking the top ten, the former in sixth and the latter - who enjoyed a spell at the head of the timesheets until the final stages - in ninth.

Splitting the pair was Franco Morbidelli on his Prima Pramac Ducati in seventh, with Marc Marquez - a seven-time MotoGP race winner at COTA - holding down eighth on the sister Gresini entry. Fabio di Giannantonio made it six Ducatis in the top-half as he rounded out the top ten.

Elsewhere, Trackhouse Racing Aprilia’s first MotoGP event on home soil began with Raul Fernandez in 12th and Miguel Oliveira in 17th, while Japanese duo Yamaha and Honda continued to trail their European counterparts with 2023 race winner Alex Rins and Luca Marini leading their respective challenges in 13th and 15th respectively.

Elsewhere, Alex Marquez suffered a tip-off at Turn 12, Rins was another to come down in the closing stages at Turn 2.

🇺🇸 🏁 2024 Grand Prix of The Americas MotoGP, COTA | Free Practice 1 Results

Friday | Conditions - Dry, Sunny
🇺🇸 ⏱️ 2024 Grand Prix of The Americas MotoGP Results | Circuit of The Americas | Free Practice 1 Results | Round 3 of 21
Pos.NameNat.TeamMotorcycleLap Time
1Maverick Vinales🇪🇦Aprilia RacingAprilia RS-GP2m 03.294
2Jorge Martin🇪🇦Prima Pramac RacingDucati GP242m 03.443
3Pedro Acosta🇪🇦Red Bull GasGas Factory Tech3KTM RC162m 03.606
4Enea Bastianini🇮🇹Ducati Leonovo TeamDucati GP242m 03.700
5Marco Bezzecchi🇮🇹Pertamina Enduro VR46 RacingDucati GP232m 03.812
6Brad Binder🇿🇦Red Bull KTM Factory RacingKTM RC162m 03.865
7Franco Morbidelli🇮🇹Prima Pramac RacingDucati GP242m 03.904
8Marc Marquez🇪🇦Gresini RacingDucati GP232m 04.003
9Jack Miller🇦🇺Red Bull KTM Factory RacingKTM RC162m 04.210
10Fabio di Giannantonio🇮🇹Pertamina Enduro VR46 RacingDucati GP232m 04.226
11Pecco Bagnaia🇮🇹Ducati Leonovo TeamDucati GP242m 04.242
12Raul Fernandez 🇪🇦Trackhouse RacingAprilia RS-GP2m 04.272
13Alex Rins🇪🇦Monster Energy YamahaYamaha M12m 04.305
14Fabio Quartararo🇫🇷Monster Energy YamahaYamaha M12m 04.311
15Luca Marini🇮🇹Repsol Honda TeamHonda RC213V2m 04.401
16Joan Mir🇪🇦Repsol Honda TeamHonda RC213V2m 04.435
17Miguel Oliveira🇵🇹Trackhouse RacingAprilia RS-GP2m 04.514
18Augusto Fernandez🇪🇦Red Bull GasGas Factory Tech3KTM RC162m 04.559
19Aleix Espargaro🇪🇦Aprilia RacingAprilia RS-GP2m 04.813
20Alex Marquez🇪🇦Gresini RacingDucati GP232m 04.857
21Johann Zarco🇫🇷LCR HondaHonda RC213V2m 05.345
22Takaaki Nakagami🇯🇵LCR HondaHonda RC213V2m 05.372

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