Less than a second split the top 12 MotoGP riders with Marc Marquez finishing second and Jorge Lorenzo 16th on the opening day of practice.

Marc Marquez’s love affair with the Circuit of the Americas showed no signs of stopping as the six-time winner led Free Practice 1 from his first fast lap. The pattern continued into Free Practice 2 as Marquez improved his lap time on just his second flying lap. With the track at 41°C and the sky clear above, Marquez produced a 2’03.901 to end the day as the second fastest rider in Austin after a tense final five minutes of on track action.

Friday for Jorge Lorenzo was spent adapting his Honda to the unique layout and challenges of the Texas track. An improvement of over two seconds between Free Practice 1 and 2 left the five-time World Champion feeling pleased with progress and ready to attack qualifying on Saturday. Just 1.312 seconds behind first place, Lorenzo will have a chance to move into Q2 during Free Practice 3 tomorrow should the weather hold.

The day also saw 2006 MotoGP World Champion Nicky Hayden’s #69 retired from the premier class as the paddock came together to remember the life and achievements of the Kentucky Kid. Hayden’s family was joined by Dorna CEO Carmelo Ezpeleta and FIM President Jorge Viegas, who presented Nicky Hayden’s father, Earl, with a commemorative 69.

Riders will be back out on track for Free Practice 3 at 09:55 local time Saturday, 13 April. Qualifying begins at 14:10 local time to decide who will start from pole position for the 2019 Americas GP.

Marc Marquez

Marc Marquez 93

Today was not a straight forward day, the circuit has changed a lot since last year and it’s bumpy so we had to adapt to this. We also had some other areas to work on and some things to try to improve our pace. The rhythm and the pace is there so we are happy and we even tried the soft rear to get a good lap. Overall it was a productive day and we did what we needed to. Of course this weekend we also have Nicky Hayden in our minds, remembering a great champion.

Repsol Honda Team
Jorge Lorenzo

Jorge Lorenzo 99

A tricky day today. First of all the track is very bumpy for everyone and we need to improve a little bit to handle this. The circuit for me personally is always very difficult so it is quite complicated but we won’t give up. We’re trying many things to improve the bike and still perfecting the ergonomics to feel comfortable when changing direction. It was very special to have the ceremony for Nicky today, we all miss him a lot.

Repsol Honda Team
Red Bull Grand Prix of the Americas

Circuit of the Americas, United States

MotoGP 2019, Round 3

Sunny / 26
Saturday 13 Apr 2019, 01:35 UTC
  • Track Condition: Dry
  • Air Temp: 26°C
  • Humidity: 41%
  • Ground Temp: 42°C
# Rider Num Nationality Nat. Team Constructor Constr. Time/Gap
1 Maverick Viñales 12 SPA Yamaha Factory Racing Team Yamaha 2'03.857
2 Marc Marquez 93 SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda +0.044
3 Valentino Rossi 46 ITA Yamaha Factory Racing Team Yamaha +0.146
4 Jack Miller 43 AUS Alma Pramac Racing Ducati +0.148
5 Cal Crutchlow 35 GBR LCR Honda Honda +0.261
6 Alex Rins 42 SPA Team SUZUKI ECSTAR Suzuki +0.496
7 Pol Espargaro 44 SPA Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM +0.507
8 Franco Morbidelli 21 ITA Petronas Yamaha SRT Yamaha +0.691
9 Fabio Quartararo 20 FRA Petronas Yamaha SRT Yamaha +0.732
10 Francesco Bagnaia 63 ITA Alma Pramac Racing Ducati +0.733
11 Andrea Dovizioso 4 ITA Ducati Team Ducati +0.857
12 Joan Mir 36 SPA Team SUZUKI ECSTAR Suzuki +0.994
13 Danilo Petrucci 9 ITA Ducati Team Ducati +1.049
14 Aleix Espargaro 41 SPA Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia +1.096
15 Takaaki Nakagami 30 JPN LCR Honda Honda +1.163
16 Jorge Lorenzo 99 SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda +1.312
17 Johann Zarco 5 FRA Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM +1.634
18 Andrea Iannone 29 ITA Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia +2.098
19 Karel Abraham 17 CZE Reale Avintia Racing Ducati +2.305
20 Tito Rabat 53 SPA Reale Avintia Racing Ducati +2.347
21 Miguel Oliveira 88 POR KTM Tech 3 Racing KTM +2.419
22 Hafizh Syahrin 55 THA KTM Tech 3 Racing KTM +2.993
Rider Standings
Sunday, 31 Mar 2019 - Open world standings grid
# Rider Num Nationality Nat. Points Pts. Team Constructor Constr.
1 Marc MARQUEZ 93 SPA 45 Repsol Honda Team Honda
2 Andrea DOVIZIOSO 4 ITA 41 Ducati Team Ducati
3 Valentino ROSSI 46 ITA 31 Yamaha Factory Racing Team Yamaha
4 Alex RINS 42 SPA 24 Team SUZUKI ECSTAR Suzuki
5 Danilo PETRUCCI 9 ITA 20 Ducati Team Ducati
6 Cal CRUTCHLOW 35 GBR 19 LCR Honda Honda
7 Takaaki NAKAGAMI 30 JPN 16 LCR Honda Honda
8 Aleix ESPARGARO 41 SPA 13 Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia
9 Jack MILLER 43 AUS 13 Alma Pramac Racing Ducati
10 Pol ESPARGARO 44 SPA 10 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM
11 Maverick VIñALES 12 SPA 9 Yamaha Factory Racing Team Yamaha
12 Fabio QUARTARARO 20 FRA 8 Petronas Yamaha SRT Yamaha
13 Joan MIR 36 SPA 8 Team SUZUKI ECSTAR Suzuki
14 Jorge LORENZO 99 SPA 7 Repsol Honda Team Honda
15 Miguel OLIVEIRA 88 POR 5 KTM Tech 3 Racing KTM
16 Franco MORBIDELLI 21 ITA 5 Petronas Yamaha SRT Yamaha
17 Johann ZARCO 5 FRA 2 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM
18 Andrea IANNONE 29 ITA 2 Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia
19 Francesco BAGNAIA 63 ITA 2 Alma Pramac Racing Ducati