Positive first day in Texas for Jorge Martin
With no time for rest after a wild Argentinian Grand Prix and a problematic journey over to Austin, the Moto3 riders were out on track on Friday for the first day of the Grand Prix of the Americas.
The fastest of them today was Fabio Quartararo, with a time of 2.16.250, beating the track record dating back to 2013 (2.16.345). On the hypothetical front row from the combined times of the first day, he would be joined by Romano Fenati and Niccolò Antonelli.
At a complicated circuit, with many corners and two long straights, only nine riders finished within the same second.
The Mahindra Aspar riders had a promising start in the Grand Prix of the Americas. Jorge Martin concluded the day in sixteenth position, after improving his time by almost two seconds. The Spaniard is positive about the opening day and hopes to cut the gap to those ahead of him on Saturday.
16th Jorge Martín 2.17.708 (21 laps):
“It was a positive day. We went been much better than in the Grand Prix last year, which was not so good for us. The first contact with the circuit has been good overall, although we have had some problems with chatter and I struggled to find feeling with the front. Tomorrow we will work with the swingarm to improve the setup of the bike, which was very aggressive today, and we should get closer to the top riders.”