Marquez quickest but crashes in second COTA MotoGP practice

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Marc Marquez continued his excellent record at the Circuit of The Americas by topping second practice for the MotoGP Grand Prix of the Americas on Friday afternoon.

Marquez is a three-time winner at the circuit in Austin, Texas, and followed his impressive victory in Argentina last weekend by topping first practice on Friday afternoon.

Marquez followed this up with another charge to P1 in FP2, setting a fastest lap time of 2:04.034 with five minutes remaining in the session.

Despite finishing seven-tenths clear at the top of the timesheets, Marquez suffered a crash with 25 minutes remaining in the session when on a fast lap time, sliding off the track at the final corner.

Marquez got up quickly and recovered his bike before pushing it back into the pit lane on foot, which may attract the interest of the MotoGP race stewards later today.

Ducati rider Andrea Iannone finished the session in second place ahead of Suzuki rider Maverick Vinales as both of the youngsters put in impressive displays. British rider Scott Redding jumped up to fourth place late on despite battling illness ahead of the weekend.

Yamaha riders Jorge Lorenzo and Valentino Rossi struggled to match the pace of Marquez, both having off-track excursions during the session.

Rossi had been poised to improve his time on his final lap, only for a mistake in the third sector to leave him sixth-fastest behind teammate Lorenzo.

Loris Baz ended the session seventh ahead of Dani Pedrosa and Andrea Dovizioso, while Cal Crutchlow rounded out the top 10 for LCR Honda.

Final practice and qualifying in Austin takes place on Saturday ahead of Sunday’s race.