Marquez takes hold in front in Austin

The Repsol Honda Team debutant driver finishes the first day of the Red Bull of the Americas Grand Prix as the fastest of the queen category, ahead of Pedrosa, Bradl and Lorenzo.

After giving a first warning dominating the FP1 that has opened the game in the new Texan track, Marc Márquez (Repsol Honda Team) has rounded off his excellent start of the weekend also signing the fastest time in the second free session with a time of 2.05.031 that reduces its previous registration by almost 3 seconds.

The Spaniard has imposed himself for half a second on his teammate Dani Pedrosa, who has been more comfortable in this second session after complaining of lack of grip at the start of the day. Behind the official tandem of HRC, his brand mate Stefan Bradl (LCR Honda Team) has made a leap forward, moving from 9th position of FP1 to 3rd in this second session. The sprint of the German has surprised Jorge Lorenzo (Yamaha Factory), which closes the first day within 1.5 seconds of the dazzling Honda rookie.

Valentino Rossi (Yamaha Factory Racing) and Cal Crutchlow (Monster Yamaha Tech 3) have placed fifth and sixth respectively, both 1.8 seconds behind the leader.

Andrea Dovizioso (Ducati Team) has given ground to the FP1 morning, which had signed the 4th best record. The Italian has lost a few minutes in the middle of the session, when his Desmosedici stopped when he was just off the track and had to return to his box while his mechanics detected the problem. In the last minutes he was able to sign the seventh best record. Behind him, Álvaro Bautista (Go & Fun Honda Gresini) and Nicky Hayden (Ducati Team) have positioned themselves.

Ben Spies (Ignite Pramac Racing) has completed the top 10 ahead of Aleix Espargaró (Power Electronics Aspar), best CRT on the grid. The other side of the coin has starred his teammate Randy De Puniet, 16th and victim of a fall in the final moments of the session.