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20 days ago
By motogp.com

Antonelli fastest in wet opening session

The Italian set the pace at COTA from Salac and Surra as the GP of the Americas gets underway

Niccolo Antonelli (Avintia VR46 Academy) set the pace in a wet Moto3™ FP1 at the Red Bull Grand Prix of the Americas with a 2:32.152, a time good enough to beat Filip Salac (CarXpert PrüstelGP) by just 0.015s. Alberto Surra (Rivacold Snipers Team) finished third, an impressive display from the new VR46 Academy Italian on his first visit to Austin.

Andrea Migno (Rivacold Snipers Team) claimed P4 in the opening Free Practice session with Tatsuki Suzuki (SIC58 Squadra Corse) P5, as World Championship leader Pedro Acosta (Red Bull KTM Ajo) crashed at the end of the session at Turn 14. Thankfully the Spaniard was unhurt, but then, at Turn 10, third in the Championship Sergio Garcia (Solunion GASGAS Aspar Team) crashed. The Spaniard looked in some discomfort but was able to eventually get to his feet, and after a check-up in the medical centre, Garcia was declared fit. 

Tune into Moto3™ FP2 at 13:15 local time (GMT-5).

Top 10:
1. Niccolo Antonelli (Avintia VR46 Academy) – 2:32.152
2. Filip Salac (CarXpert PrüstelGP) + 0.015
3. Alberto Surra (Rivacold Snipers Team) + 0.121
4. Andrea Migno (Rivacold Snipers Team) + 0.404
5. Tatsuki Suzuki (SIC58 Squadra Corse) + 1.402
6. Romano Fenati (Sterilgarda Max Racing Team) + 1.458
7. Sergio Garcia (Solunion GASGAS Aspar Team) + 1.520
8. Darryn Binder (Petronas Sprinta Racing) + 1.537
9. Izan Guevara (Solunion GASGAS Aspar Team) + 1.603
10. Riccardo Rossi (BOE Owlride) + 1.749

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