Marquez leads first US Grand Prix practice against Miller

Honda rider Marc Marquez opened the US Grand Prix weekend by setting the fastest time in the first practice session at the Circuit of the Americas in Texas.

The Spaniard recorded a time of 2:15,872 minutes on a completely wet circuit, after showers of rain fell on the circuit this morning, local time.

Miller topped the session 20 minutes before the end of the session, but with the start of the dry streak, times began to improve, with Marquez regaining the lead and ending the session in front of Miller by 0.167 seconds.

Pramac Racing rider Johan Zarco, who returned to racing after undergoing surgery to treat an enlarged arm, finished third, ahead of KTM rider Miguel Oliveira, who was fourth, by 20 seconds.

Honda rider and Marquez’s teammate Paul Espargaro finished the session in fifth place, 0.950s behind the leader’s time, in a perfect session for Honda in a mixed atmosphere.

Alex Marquez, behind the wheel of the LCR bike, took sixth place, while his teammate Takaaki Nakagami finished 16th.

Yamaha’s bikes continued to struggle in the rain, with overall leader Fabio Quartararo finishing 15th, while his teammate Franco Morbidelli settled for 17th.

As for the Petronas Yamaha duo, Valentino Rossi and Andrea Dovizioso, they took the 20th and 21st places, 4s ahead of Marquez’s time.

Seventh place finished in favor of Alex Rains, ahead of Francesco Banaya in eighth, Brad Bender in ninth and Iker Lucona in tenth.

Weather reports are still forecasting more rain this afternoon in Austin local time, so the riders are looking forward to completing their program and scoring quick times to secure a place in the top ten to ensure qualification for the second section of the qualifying session directly.

 
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