Veteran Romano Fenati fastest on Friday 1Two-time COTA winner quickest out the blocks in Texas.

VNE Snipers’ Romano Fenati was fastest on Day 1 at the Red Bull Grand Prix of the Americas, with a frantic Moto3™ FP2 session seeing the field squabbling for provisional graduation to Q2 and the two-time COTA winner coming out on top. The Italian was half a second clear of everyone else as the chequered flag came out, but SIC58 Squadra Corse duo Tatsuki Suzuki and Niccolo Antonelli closed his advantage down to 0.275 at the last minute to end the day in second and third respectively.

Leopard Racing’s Lorenzo Dalla Porta was 0.612 adrift in fourth place after his final lap of the session saw him jump up the order, with Fenati’s teammate Tony Arbolino (VNE Snipers) just 0.001 seconds off Dalla Porta to complete the top five. Aron Canet (Sterilgarda Max Racing) was sixth quickest.

Redox Prüstel GP’s Jakub Kornfeil took P7, with Gabriel Rodrigo (Kömmerling Gresini Moto3), Ayumu Sasaki (Petronas Sprinta Racing) and Andrea Migno (Bester Capital Dubai) rounding out the top ten. Migno and Antonelli were both crashers on Day 1.

Sky Racing Team VR46’s Dennis Foggia, Petronas Sprinta Racing’s John McPhee, BOE Skull Rider Mugen Race roder Kazuki Masaki and Estrella Galicia 0,0’s Alonso Lopez – the third and final faller of the session – all hang on to provisional places in Q2 as the final riders in the fastest 14.

Two men who currently stand to miss out if they can’t improve in FP3 are the Grand Prix winners so far in 2019: Kaito Toba (Honda Team Asia) and Jaume Masia (Bester Capital Dubai). They have one final opportunity to move straight into Q2 tomorrow at 09:00 (GMT-5) but they’ll be praying the rain that is forecast doesn’t materialise. Qualifying starts at 12:35.





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