Marquez completes COTA MotoGP practice hat-trick

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Marc Marquez continued his dominant record at the Circuit of The Americas in Austin, Texas by topping the final free practice session for this weekend’s Grand Prix of the Americas.

Marquez is a three-time COTA winner and arrives in Austin this weekend with a perfect record in the United States since 2010.

The Spaniard topped the opening two practice sessions on Friday despite falling in the afternoon, and continued his dominant streak in FP3 on Saturday morning.

Marquez posted a fastest time of 2:03.741 despite hitting traffic late in the session to secure P1 ahead of Ducati rider Andrea Iannone.

Iannone came under fire in Argentina last weekend after crashing into teammate Andrea Dovizioso on the final lap of the race, but could make up for it with a good result in Austin judging by his practice pace.

Defending world champion Jorge Lorenzo followed in third place for Yamaha, finishing half a second down on Marquez at the head of the field.

Maverick Vinales’ impressive recent form with Suzuki continued in practice as he finished the session fourth ahead of LCR Honda’s Cal Crutchlow and Yamaha rider Valentino Rossi.

Dani Pedrosa was seventh ahead of Loris Baz, while Dovizioso and Scott Redding rounded out the top 10 in FP3.

Qualifying at COTA begins at 3pm ET on Saturday.