Complaints about the COTA’s underground surface were pouring in on Friday evening. Because as Jack Miller said, “We’re here, we need to change, we’re going to ride.” So it happened. Miller was one of the strongest drivers on the field on Friday, but Mark Marquez was fast in both sessions. It rained to get riders ready for a regular session showing how plump Kota really is.
It didn’t really bother Takagi Nagakami. He insisted on recording a good lap time before the start of the mini-qualification at the end of the session. The Japanese man drove his Honda fast around the track and reached 2.03.739 in the middle of the session. Shortly afterwards, Miller made a contribution by diving down another two tenths. With that, the cards were changed, but the final minutes brought some changes.
Not in front of the field, at least not in terms of statistics. Miller confirmed his presence on an exciting lap. The Australians were able to take out 2.02.923, so it was significantly faster than the competition. Nagakami also improved to 2.03.602. He gave Miller six tenths. Alex Rins took his Suzuki to third place, ahead of fellow countrymen Mark Marquez and Johan Sarko. Fabio Guardaro qualified directly for Q2 without any problems, finishing World Cup leader Miller for the ninth time in nine out of ten.
Paul Espercaro continued despite a crisis in the final, where he finished seventh. Brad Binder advanced to Q2 at the expense of teammate Miguel Oliveira, who finished eighth in the Potchefstroom-born driver. Francesco Pagnia finished ninth over George Martin, who held another excellent session.
Oliveira, the bitten dog, he finished eleventh. Also, two weeks ago, the feeling in Misano, after the tenth place, ended in the eleventh place. Joan Mir is the thirteenth, world champion never involved, especially after a normal session. Franco Morpitelli was fourteenth, slightly ahead of author Valentino Rossi. The Italian player has shown some improvement, but a new platform in the United States is still a long way off.
Luca Marini and Alex Espercaro crashed in the final stages of the session and they did not appear on that piece.
Qualification for the United States GB starts at 9.10pm on Saturday.
Results The third free training MotoGP Grand Prix in the United States
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