A first ever trip to Texas for MotoGP has paved the way for rookie Marc Márquez to get the better of the more experienced riders in the paddock.
The young Catalan showed blistering speed to record the fastest lap times in both of Friday’s practice sessions and now has his sights set on qualifying on the front row.
Márquez appears to have picked up more than most from his pre-season trip to the Circuit of the Americas and victory on Sunday will see the 20-year-old crowned the youngest MotoGP winner in history.
A gripping contest is developing
The prospect of Marc Márquez taking Sunday’s chequered flag is being helped along by problems the Yamaha Factory Racing Team are having getting to grips with Austin.
Reigning World Champion Jorge Lorenzo was over a second and a half down on Márquez’s lap times during Friday's practice sessions.
“As in the test (in March), we still have a lack of grip on corner entry,” Lorenzo explained to motogp.com. “In the morning I was surprised to be so close to Marc, but in the afternoon – when the track improved – they improved much more than us."
MotoGP enjoys new BASE in Austin
The Red Bull Grand Prix of the Americas kicked off in style on Friday morning as two members of the Red Bull Air Force - Jeff Provenzano and Miles Daisher - performed the first ever BASE jumps off the iconic Circuit of the Americas tower.
The Red Bull Air Force is a team assembled from the most accomplished and experienced skydivers, BASE jumpers and paragliders on the planet.
Gresini Team pay tribute to Daijiro Kato
It is ten years ago to the day that the world lost MotoGP rider Daijiro Kato. Ten years without the number 74, a number that remains imprinted on the hearts of everybody at his former Gresini Team and across the MotoGP paddock.
Daijiro was a true champion who delighted thousands of fans around the world with his incredible riding and winning spirit. Over the weekend the number 74 will be visible on all of the Gresini bikes in Moto3, Moto2 and MotoGP in tribute to a great champion.
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