By Stephen English

In keeping with the rapid progress throughout his rookie MotoGP season, championship leader Marc Marquez has adapted to Laguna Seca quickly.

The Spaniard finished the opening session for the US MotoGP, marking his first ever laps at the Californian circuit, a close third fastest behind Yamaha riders Cal Crutchlow and Valentino Rossi.

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"The track so tight but lap by lap I improved and I felt better," said Marquez. "Also the conditions were not the best; quite foggy and wet. It was difficult to be confident in those conditions but I improved and felt better on the last exit."

When asked about the main challenges of the Laguna Seca circuit and Corkscrew turn in particular, the Repsol Honda star explained:

"I still need to find the best line and avoid the bumps. The most difficult part of the Corkscrew is the braking point, you need to be clever and change direction at the correct moment but I felt better from the beginning.

"It is very difficult to manage the wheelie but it is one of the tracks where when you are fast you enjoy it more! The downhill section is the most difficult part. Turn one is also difficult and you need more laps to find out where to open the gas and close the gas.

"I think I can find more time."

Marquez took his second win of the season last Sunday in Germany, vaulting him from third to first in the title chase ahead of the absent Dani Pedrosa and Jorge Lorenzo. Pedrosa and Lorenzo are back in action this weekend.

Second practice takes place at Laguna Seca this afternoon.