2024 Americas MotoGP, COTA - Friday Practice Results

Friday practice results from the Americas MotoGP at COTA in Austin, Texas, round 3 (of 21) in the 2024 world championship.

Jorge Martin, MotoGP, Grand Prix of the Americas, 12 April
Jorge Martin, MotoGP, Grand Prix of the Americas, 12 April
2024 Americas MotoGP, COTA - Practice (2) Results
1Jorge MartinSPAPramac Ducati (GP24)2'01.397s16/20344k
2Maverick ViñalesSPAAprilia Racing (RS-GP24)+0.076s19/20345k
3Marc MarquezSPAGresini Ducati (GP23)+0.409s18/18344k
4Francesco BagnaiaITADucati Lenovo (GP24)+0.411s18/19342k
5Pedro AcostaSPARed Bull GASGAS Tech3 (RC16)*+0.569s18/19346k
6Aleix EspargaroSPAAprilia Racing (RS-GP24)+0.627s13/17347k
7Franco MorbidelliITAPramac Ducati (GP24)+0.706s19/19342k
8Enea BastianiniITADucati Lenovo (GP24)+0.747s14/18344k
9Fabio Di GiannantonioITAVR46 Ducati (GP23)+0.847s13/17341k
10Marco BezzecchiITAVR46 Ducati (GP23)+0.961s17/21345k
11Miguel OliveiraPORTrackhouse Aprilia (RS-GP24)+1.069s17/18343k
12Raul FernandezSPATrackhouse Aprilia (RS-GP23)+1.079s14/18347k
13Alex MarquezSPAGresini Ducati (GP23)+1.096s20/20344k
14Brad BinderRSARed Bull KTM (RC16)+1.154s17/18351k
15Augusto FernandezSPARed Bull GASGAS Tech3 (RC16)+1.156s14/18344k
16Jack MillerAUSRed Bull KTM (RC16)+1.405s14/19346k
17Fabio QuartararoFRAMonster Yamaha (YZR-M1)+1.442s19/20343k
18Alex RinsSPAMonster Yamaha (YZR-M1)+1.478s17/17343k
19Johann ZarcoFRALCR Honda (RC213V)+1.617s18/19341k
20Joan MirSPARepsol Honda (RC213V)+2.047s14/17344k
21Luca MariniITARepsol Honda (RC213V)+2.124s16/20343k
22Takaaki NakagamiJPNLCR Honda (RC213V)+2.587s16/20344k

* Rookie

Official COTA MotoGP records  
Best lap: Francesco Bagnaia 2m 1.892s (2023)  
Fastest race lap: Alex Rins 2m 3.126s (2023)

Jorge Martin keeps Maverick Vinales at bay with a new lap record on day one of the 2024 Americas MotoGP at COTA.

Meanwhile, all the (Red Bull) KTMs, Yamahas and Hondas missed the top ten cut and will be heading for Saturday’s Qualifying 1.

After soft front and medium rear tyres were used in the morning, most riders switched to the opposite compounds in the afternoon, before indulging in time attacks with new soft rubber during the final stages.

Maverick Vinales’ 2m 3.294s morning best was beaten by Jorge Martin early in the afternoon hour, with the pair - plus 2022 event winner Enea Bastianini - filling the top three as time attacks began.

Vinales showed his cards first, but Martin responded with a scorching new lap record, breaking 0.6s clear of Vinales’ Aprilia team-mate Aleix Espargaro, after Vinales had a lap scrapped due to track limits.

While only Vinales could put pressure on Martin, reigning double world champion Francesco Bagnaia, plus factory KTM riders Jack Miller and Brad Binder began the final run out of the top ten and facing Qualifying 1.

Bagnaia held his nerve to claim fourth but the KTMs, Yamahas and Hondas will all be in Qualifying 1, the four Hondas at the bottom of the timesheets.

Seven-time COTA winner Marc Marquez made a slow start to both Friday sessions but later fired a warning shot by being amongst the quickest on used tyres in the morning and leapt from 21st to 3rd on medium-medium tyres midway through the afternoon.

The Gresini rider, who insists he will be happy with a first Ducati podium on Sunday, then returned to third on his final lap of the afternoon.

Fresh from his first MotoGP podium, rookie Pedro Acosta kicked off his Austin weekend with a strong fifth for GASGAS Tech3, as the only RC16 rider directly into Qualifying 2.

Behind Espargaro, Franco Morbidelli impressed with seventh as Bastianini, Fabio di Giannantonio and VR46 team-mate Marco Bezzecchi completed the top ten.

2024 Americas MotoGP, COTA - Practice (1) Results
1Maverick ViñalesSPAAprilia Racing (RS-GP24)2'03.294s17/17342k
2Jorge MartinSPAPramac Ducati (GP24)+0.149s17/17344k
3Pedro AcostaSPARed Bull GASGAS Tech3 (RC16)*+0.312s15/16345k
4Enea BastianiniITADucati Lenovo (GP24)+0.406s16/16345k
5Marco BezzecchiITAVR46 Ducati (GP23)+0.518s16/16346k
6Brad BinderRSARed Bull KTM (RC16)+0.571s17/18350k
7Franco MorbidelliITAPramac Ducati (GP24)+0.610s17/17342k
8Marc MarquezSPAGresini Ducati (GP23)+0.709s12/16342k
9Jack MillerAUSRed Bull KTM (RC16)+0.916s11/17345k
10Fabio Di GiannantonioITAVR46 Ducati (GP23)+0.932s14/14343k
11Francesco BagnaiaITADucati Lenovo (GP24)+0.948s14/17343k
12Raul FernandezSPATrackhouse Aprilia (RS-GP23)+0.978s12/16343k
13Alex RinsSPAMonster Yamaha (YZR-M1)+1.011s17/17344k
14Fabio QuartararoFRAMonster Yamaha (YZR-M1)+1.017s15/17343k
15Luca MariniITARepsol Honda (RC213V)+1.108s16/16344k
16Joan MirSPARepsol Honda (RC213V)+1.141s15/15344k
17Miguel OliveiraPORTrackhouse Aprilia (RS-GP24)+1.220s15/17342k
18Augusto FernandezSPARed Bull GASGAS Tech3 (RC16)+1.265s10/15339k
19Aleix EspargaroSPAAprilia Racing (RS-GP24)+1.519s12/15346k
20Alex MarquezSPAGresini Ducati (GP23)+1.563s12/16342k
21Johann ZarcoFRALCR Honda (RC213V)+2.051s15/15338k
22Takaaki NakagamiJPNLCR Honda (RC213V)+2.078s13/16341k


Official COTA MotoGP records  
Best lap: Francesco Bagnaia 2m 1.892s (2023)  
Fastest race lap: Alex Rins 2m 3.126s (2023) 

New rubber propels Maverick Vinales to the top sport in opening practice for the 2024 Americas MotoGP at a sunny COTA in Austin, Texas.

Sporting a Batman-themed helmet design, the Portimao Sprint winner was competitive throughout as he kept Pramac's world championship leader Jorge Martin at bay by 0.124s.

GASGAS rookie Pedro Acosta, fresh from his first MotoGP podium, also featured on top on the way to third ahead of former event winner Enea Bastianini (Ducati).

Marco Bezzecchi (VR46), Brad Binder (KTM) and Franco Morbidelli (Pramac) followed with COTA king Marc Marquez (Gresini Ducati) in eighth - but don’t be fooled: Like Bastianini, Marquez didn’t fit new tyres at the end.

Younger brother and team-mate Alex Marquez was the only faller this morning, sliding off his Gresini machine in the early stages.

Jack Miller was quickest on several occasions but was the third rider in the top ten - after Bastianini and Marquez - to stick with old rubber and was pushed to ninth.

Reigning champion Francesco Bagnaia likewise remained on the same set of soft front-medium rears throughout for 11th place, with Raul Fernandez putting the home Trackhouse team in 12th.

Defending COTA race winner Alex Rins was the quickest Yamaha in 13th with Luca Marini the fastest Honda in 15th.

The top ten riders in this afternoon’s practice session will receive direct access to Qualifying 2.

The unstable COTA subsoil means there has again been a partial resurfacing ahead of this year’s MotoGP event, with new asphalt at turns 2, 9-11, 12 and 16-19.

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