Wet track conditions greeted the start of the Red Bull Grand Prix of the Americas at the Circuit of the Americas. Turn 9 proved especially troublesome, causing three riders to kiss the tarmac in a five-minute span.
Ryusei Yamanaka (CarXpert TruestelGP) took the first fall in free practice 1. Yamanaka finished the session at 2’36.717, 4.565 seconds behind the session leader.
Carlos Tatay (Avintia Esponsorama Moto3) then took a tumble, catching more grass than gravel. Tatay closed the session at 2’36.285, 4.133 off the pace.
The worse fall came from Sergio Garcia (Solunion GASGAS Aspar Team), who withdrew from the competition with a hematoma (blood clot) in the kidney. Garcia recorded a respectable time of 2’33.672, 1.520 behind the leader, before the fall.
Niccolo Antoncellin (Avintia VR46) recorded the fastest time in free practice 1 (2’32.152).
Track condition were dry for free practice 2, where Filip Salas (CarXpert PruestelGP) lead (2’17.366). Antonelli followed (0.086 gap) and Dennis Foggia (Leopard Racing) notched the third fastest time of the day with 2’17.406 (0.126 gap).