Marquez fastest from Rossi during a dusty opening practice for the Austin MotoGP.

Pedrosa is attempting to ride despite surgery for a wrist fracture sustained last time in Argentina.

Zarco suffered an early engine problem and was forced to park his number one machine.

Lorenzo was running the large Ducati wing fairing, while fellow GP18 riders Dovizioso and Petrucci stuck with the standard version.

Track surface modifications have been made to try and reduce the COTA bumps, from turns 1-9 and 16-19, producing this morning's dust.

The track should get substantially faster as the weekend goes on, but rain is also forecast at some stage...

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  1. Marc Marquez ESP Repsol Honda (RC213V) 2m 05.530s [Lap 16/17] 340km/h (Top Speed)
  2. Valentino Rossi ITA Movistar Yamaha (YZR-M1) 2m 05.926s +0.396s [15/16] 341k
  3. Maverick Viñales ESP Movistar Yamaha (YZR-M1) 2m 06.257s +0.727s [18/19] 341k
  4. Jorge Lorenzo ESP Ducati Team (GP18) 2m 06.480s +0.950s [14/15] 341k
  5. Cal Crutchlow GBR LCR Honda (RC213V) 2m 06.539s +1.009s [14/16] 345k
  6. Andrea Dovizioso ITA Ducati Team (GP18) 2m 06.734s +1.204s [15/16] 342k
  7. Takaaki Nakagami JPN LCR Honda (RC213V)* 2m 07.010s +1.480s [15/17] 336k
  8. Andrea Iannone ITA Suzuki Ecstar (GSX-RR) 2m 07.093s +1.563s [11/15] 336k
  9. Johann Zarco FRA Monster Yamaha Tech3 (YZR-M1) 2m 07.124s +1.594s [12/13] 339k
  10. Alex Rins ESP Suzuki Ecstar (GSX-RR) 2m 07.211s +1.681s [15/17] 343k
  11. Aleix Espargaro ESP Factory Aprilia Gresini (RS-GP) 2m 07.431s +1.901s [15/15] 337k
  12. Scott Redding GBR Factory Aprilia Gresini (RS-GP) 2m 07.459s +1.929s [13/14] 332k
  13. Danilo Petrucci ITA Pramac Ducati (GP18) 2m 07.523s +1.993s [14/14] 344k
  14. Tito Rabat ESP Reale Avintia (GP17) 2m 07.662s +2.132s [19/20] 345k
  15. Alvaro Bautista ESP Angel Nieto Team (GP17) 2m 07.874s +2.344s [15/16] 339k
  16. Pol Espargaro ESP Red Bull KTM Factory (RC16) 2m 07.948s +2.418s [14/14] 341k
  17. Bradley Smith GBR Red Bull KTM Factory (RC16) 2m 08.161s +2.631s [14/16] 337k
  18. Thomas Luthi SWI EG 0,0 Marc VDS (RC213V)* 2m 08.234s +2.704s [13/16] 336k
  19. Franco Morbidelli ITA EG 0,0 Marc VDS (RC213V)* 2m 08.372s +2.842s [14/15] 336k
  20. Hafizh Syahrin MAL Monster Yamaha Tech3 (YZR-M1)* 2m 08.819s +3.289s [16/16] 339k
  21. Dani Pedrosa ESP Repsol Honda (RC213V) 2m 09.111s +3.581s [12/15] 342k
  22. Karel Abraham CZE Angel Nieto Team (GP16) 2m 09.327s +3.797s [15/15] 337k
  23. Jack Miller AUS Pramac Ducati (GP17) 2m 09.708s +4.178s [8/13] 338k
  24. Xavier Simeon ESP Reale Avintia (GP16)* 2m 10.426s +4.896s [16/16] 333k

*Rookie


Official COTA MotoGP records:
Pole Position:
Marc Marquez SPA Honda2m 2.135s (2015)
Fastest race lap:
Marc Marquez SPA Honda2m 3.575s (2014)>

 

By Peter McLaren

 

 

 

 

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