Sport Vinales half a second clear of Marquez in Austin FP1

19:55  21 april  2017
19:55  21 april  2017 Source:   Read Sport

Marquez rises to Vinales challenge in FP2

  Marquez rises to Vinales challenge in FP2 Honda’s Marc Marquez fired his first warning shot to Yamaha’s Maverick Vinales by topping the timesheets in FP2 by almost three tenths of a second. Marquez has been the king of the Circuit of the Americas since the world championship began coming to the venue in 2013, and victory has always looked a formality even before a wheel has been turned. However, Vinales sent a letter of intent in the morning session by going half a second clear of the Honda rider, who spent the session struggling to handle the RC213V over CoTA’s worsening bumps. Marquez fought back early in second practice, hitting the top of the timing screens with a 2m04.622s, though this was beaten by two tenths by Vinales 10 minutes later. The Honda rider dug deep at the end of the session to produce a 2m04.061s to end the day top on the combined times. Johann Zarco enjoyed a decent start to proceedings in FP1, and carried that form over to the afternoon to head into tomorrow’s running second overall ahead of both factory Yamaha riders. Vinaled completed the top three, almost four tenths adrift of Marquez’s best effort, though did not fit a softer tyre for a time attack towards the end of the session. Team-mate Valentino Rossi struggled in the morning on corner entry, a common woe so far this season. However, the Italian looks to be in a better shape heading forward than he has done at any stage so far in 2017 after he popped in the fourth quickest time of the day, albeit seven tenths off the pace.

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At the time that was more than a second clear of the field, but Yamaha's Jorge Lorenzo was also on a flying lap, and quickly narrowed that gap to Vinales ' eventual margin of 0.282 seconds. Championship leader Marc Marquez crashed at Farm corner in the first half of the session after losing the front end

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Maverick Vinales continued his perfect start to 2017 as he topped first practice for the Grand Prix of the Americas.

MotoGP championship leader Vinales ended FP1 0.577s clear of Austin specialist Marc Marquez, who has traditionally dominated in previous seasons, winning all four races at the Circuit of the Americas since 2013.

Marquez led team-mate Dani Pedrosa after the first runs but Vinales soon stamped his authority on proceedings, being the first and only man to dip into the 2m04s on Yamaha.

Andrea Dovizioso went third ahead of Johann Zarco and Alvaro Bautista late on with the former using a soft rear tyre.

Marquez holds firm in final Moto2 practice

  Marquez holds firm in final Moto2 practice Marc VDS rider Alex Marquez continued to set the pace in Austin after topping the final practice session ahead of Miguel Oliveira. The Marc VDS team have been on supreme form all weekend, Marquez and team-mate Franco Morbidelli leading the charge at the end of Friday’s running. For much of FP2, it was double race winner in 2017 Morbidelli who topped the standings, the Italian focusing on race set-up. As the session drew to a close, Marquez fired in the best lap of the weekend with a 2m10.164s to go just under a tenth and a half clear of KTM’s Oliveira, the Austrian marque impressing at a circuit they have no data of. Morbidelli was relegated to third by session’s end, but just 0.145s off the pace, which sets up a tantalising qualifying segment later this afternoon. Honda Team Asia’s Takaaki Nakagami has largely flown under the radar in Texas so far, the Japanese rider coming into today’s action 10th on the combined times. In FP3, Nakagami guided his Kalex to fourth ahead of Italtrans’ Mattia Pasini. Tom Luthi was almost seven tenths off the pace, but will be happy with sixth spot at a track he hasn’t enjoyed the greatest amount of success at. Fabio Quartararo took his maiden grand prix podium at the Circuit of the Americas back in 2015, and is running well in his debut Moto2 race at the Texan venue in seventh. Xavier Simeon was a decent eighth on the Tasca Racing machine, with Lorenzo Baldassarri and Axel Pons rounding out the top 10.

Maverick Viñales ' best time in FP 1 was faster than the time set by Marc Marquez last year in FP3, after a day and a half of riding on the track. Though conditions so far have been very good, with clear skies and a strong wind, the weather is expected to turn.

04/09/2016 @ 7:04 am, by David EmmettComments Off on Friday MotoGP Summary at Austin : Marquez ’s New Style, Viñales ’ Bright Future, & Smith’s Personal Revolution. Take Márquez out of the equation, and a second separates places two and fourteen.

Like Ducati team-mate Dovizioso, Lorenzo opted for the soft rear tyre and improved significantly on his initial benchmark to go sixth.

Dani Pedrosa ended up seventh and was just over a second shy of Vinales’ benchmark.

Like it has been for the whole of 2017, Valentino Rossi lagged well behind his younger team-mate and languished outside the top 10 before putting on two soft tyres to go eighth fastest.

Aleix Espargaró and Danilo Petrucci were ninth and tenth fastest respectively.

Cal Crutchlow recovered from an early crash at Turn 6 to end first practice in 11th ahead of Jack Miller.

FP2 for MotoGP gets underway later this evening at 2005 BST.

Marquez continues CoTA win streak as Vinales crashes .
Honda’s Marc Marquez stormed to his first win of the season after an early battle with team-mare Dani Pedrosa, whilst Maverick Vinales crashed out. Marquez and Vinales had been a cut above the rest of the field in terms of pace all weekend, and it was expected the pair would lock horns over a crucial victory in the fight for the 2017 world championship. At the start, fitted with the medium front tyre, Pedrosa took the holeshot and used his early grip advantage to excellent effect to keep Marquez at bay, whilst Valentino Rossi and Vinales followed close behind. Desperate to stop the Hondas clearing off into the distance whilst stuck behind Rossi, Vinales lost the front-end of his YZR-M1 going through the long right of Turn 18 and slid into his first DNF since Argentina last year. Twitter: Viñales has gone down! It won’t be the dream hat-trick for #MV25! #RiderOK #AmericasGP https://t.co/KucjbdWjm3 (@MotoGP) With Vinales out, Marquez got the hammer down but struggled to topple the stubborn defences of his team-mate. Pedrosa was quick to counter any move Marquez made, though eventually his resolve was broken and the reigning world champion was got the hammer down. Pedrosa soon fell into the clutches of Rossi, who had been handed a 0.3s penalty for allegedly gaining advantage at Turn 3 earlier in the race when he was forced off track by a fired-up Zarco.

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