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Fenati quickest in first practice at COTA

San Carlo Team Italia’s Romano Fenati set the pace as the Moto3™ field got to grips with Circuit of the Americas on Friday morning. The Italian led Team Calvo’s Maverick Viñales by just nine thousandths of a second.

Of the three tiers which make up the World Championship, it was Moto3™ that had the responsibility of launching track activity on Friday. The 40-minute session gave the 32 riders – none of whom had ridden the Austin track beforehand – their first opportunity to learn the anti-clockwise, five-and-a-half kilometre layout.

The action began at nine o’clock and barely ten minutes passed by before the first rider was caught out, as La Fonte Tascaracing’s Hyuga Watanabe took a tumble; the Japanese rider was able to rejoin the session, shortly before Juanfran Guevara lost control of his CIP Moto3 machine. The Spaniard was also able to continue.

A flurry of lap times brought much activity on the timesheets across the final five minutes, as Fenati – already fastest – reduced his best effort to 2'22.098. Viñales just missed out, but was able to demote Mapfre Aspar Team Moto3’s Jonas Folger to third place as Mahindra Racing’s Efren Vazquez and Red Bull KTM Ajo’s Luis Salom (winner of the season-opening race in Qatar two weeks ago) completed the top five.

Estrella Galicia 0,0 pairing Alex Rins and Alex Marquez were next up, narrowly edging out Miguel Oliveira on the second Mahindra; incidentally, both Indian bikes had led the way earlier on in the session. The top ten was rounded out by Ognetta-Centro Seta’s Isaac Viñales - cousin to Maverick - and Ambrogio Racing’s Brad Binder. Teammate Danny Webb was the leading British representative, in 12th spot.

Moto3™ track action resumes in the form of second free practice, commencing at 1:10pm local time (GMT -5) and also available live on motogp.com.

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Moto3, 2013, FP1

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