Americas MotoGP | Marc Marquez, Honda looking strong in practice at COTA

Marc Marquez leads three Hondas inside the top five as the 2021 Grand Prix of The Americas kicks off at the Texan Circuit of the Americas

Marc Marquez - Repsol Honda
Marc Marquez - Repsol Honda

Marc Marquez showcased some of his best form in Friday Free Practice at the Circuit of The Americas as he topped both sessions on MotoGP’s return to the United States for the first time in two and a half years.

The Spaniard - well known for his preference for the more unusual anti-clockwise configuration of circuit - was fastest in the damp and again in the dry afternoon session to end up the day on top for Repsol Honda.

Despite the circuit’s 2mins plus length, it was however close at the top with Jack Miller just 0.015secs shy of the six-time MotoGP World Champion as the highest-placed Ducati.

Championship leader Fabio Quartararo got the early advantage over Pecco Bagnaia ahead of what could be a pivotal race for the two title fighters, the Frenchman again far and away the fastest Yamaha rider in third, while Bagnaia could only make do with sixth.

Between them, Honda enjoyed a strong start to the weekend with Pol Espargaro in fourth place, just ahead of LCR counterpart Takaaki Nakagami.

Pramac Ducati duo Jorge Martin and Johann Zarco trailed Bagnaia, while Alex Rins - winner at COTA in 2019 - was top Suzuki in ninth and Misano star Enea Bastianini rounded out the top ten.

Elsewhere, there were falls for Aleix Espargaro - leaving him 19th on the sole entered Aprilia - and Miguel Oliveira, the latter’s tumble compounding a day that failed to see KTM get any of its bikes inside the top ten.

2021 Grand Prix of the Americas MotoGP | Free Practice RESULTS [FP1 + FP2]

2021 Grand Prix of the Americas MotoGP | Free Practice RESULTS [FP1 + FP2] | Round 15 / 18
PosRiderNat.MotoGP TeamMotoGP BikeTiming
1Marc MarquezESPRepsol Honda TeamHonda RC213V2m 04.164
2Jack MillerAUSDucati Lenovo TeamDucati GP212m 04.179
3Fabio QuartararoFRAMonster Energy Yamaha Yamaha YZF-M12m 04.366
4Pol EspargaroESPRepsol Honda TeamHonda RC213V2m 04.552
5Takaaki NakagamiJPNLCR Honda IdemitsuHonda RC213V2m 04.612
6Francesco BagnaiaITADucati Lenovo TeamDucati GP212m 04.663
7Jorge MartinESPPramac RacingDucati GP212m 04.677
8Johann ZarcoFRAPramac RacingDucati GP212m 04.723
9Alex RinsESPTeam Suzuki EcstarSuzuki GSX-RR2m 04.802
10Enea BastianiniITAAvintia EsponsoramaDucati GP192m 04.836
11Brad BinderRSARed Bull KTM Factory RacingKTM RC162m 04.852
12Luca MariniITASky VR46 EsponsoramaDucati GP192m 04.932
13Joan MirESPTeam Suzuki EcstarSuzuki GSX-RR2m 05.094
14Andrea DoviziosoITAPetronas Yamaha SRTYamaha YZF-M12m 05.137
15Franco MorbidelliITAMonster Energy Yamaha Yamaha YZF-M12m 05.296
16Alex MarquezESPLCR Honda CastrolHonda RC213V2m 05.614
17Valentino RossiITAPetronas Yamaha SRTYamaha YZF-M12m 05.631
18Miguel OliveiraPORRed Bull KTM Factory RacingKTM RC162m 05.682
19Aleix EspargaroESPAprilia Racing Team GresiniAprilia RS-GP2m 06.209
20Danilo PetrucciITATech3 KTM Factory RacingKTM RC162m 06.235
21Iker LecuonaESPTech3 KTM Factory RacingKTM RC162m 06.257

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