The MotoGP riders took to the Circuit of The Americas in Austin, Texas, for the first practice session at the Red Bull Grand Prix of the Americas On Friday, April 14th, 2023. The session was a closely contested affair, with the riders jostling for position throughout.
At the top of the timesheets was French rider Fabio Quartararo, who set the fastest time of the session with a 2:03.709. Quartararo, who won the last race in Argentina, was
looking strong and confident throughout the session and will be hoping to carry
that form into qualifying and the race.
Behind Quartararo was Spanish rider Maverick Vinales, who was just 0.092s behind the Frenchman. Vinales, who has struggled in recent races, was showing good pace and will be
looking to carry that momentum into the rest of the weekend.
Third fastest was Australian rider Jack Miller, who was just 0.160s off Quartararo’s pace.
Miller, who won the last race in Qatar, was looking strong and confident on the
track and will be hoping to continue his good form.
Other notable performances in the session came from Italian rider Francesco Bagnaia, who was fourth fastest, and Spanish rider Marc Marquez, who was fifth fastest. Bagnaia,
who currently leads the championship standings, was showing good pace and
consistency, while Marquez, who is returning from injury, was looking strong
and confident on the track.
Overall, the first practice session in Austin was an indication of the competitiveness of the
MotoGP field. With a range of riders showing strong pace and consistency, it’s
sure to be an exciting and unpredictable race come Sunday.