Raul Fernandez leads opening Moto2™ session, Beaubier 7th

The rookie title chaser beats Bendsneyder to top spot as COTA dries out; home hero Beaubier inside top 10

It’s not taken Raul Fernandez (Red Bull KTM Ajo) long to get himself acquainted with the Circuit of the Americas on a Moto2™ bike, the Spaniard took top spot in FP1 to beat Bo Bendsneyder (Pertamina Mandalika SAG Team) by 0.197s. Fernandez’ 2:13.589 was set on slick tyres, the early morning rain clearing for Moto2™ first session at the Red Bull Grand Prix of the Americas, as American Racing’s Marcos Ramirez claimed P3.

Marcel Schrötter (Liqui Moly Intact GP) picked up P4 a couple of tenths down on Fernandez’ pace, Augusto Fernandez (Elf Marc VDS Racing Team) rounded out the top five, with home hero Cameron Beaubier (American Racing) getting his weekend off to a solid start in 7th behind 6th place Jake Dixon (Petronas Sprinta Racing).

Tune into Moto2™ FP2 at 15:10 local time (GMT-5).

Top 10:
1. Raul Fernandez (Red Bull KTM Ajo) – 2:13.589
2. Bo Bendsnyder (Pertamina Mandalika SAG Team) + 0.197
3. Marcos Ramirez (American Racing) + 0.211
4. Marcel Schrötter (Liqui Moly Intact GP) + 0.237
5. Augusto Fernandez (Elf Marc VDS Racing Team) + 0.601
6. Jake Dixon (Petronas Sprinta Racing) + 0.623
7. Cameron Beaubier (American Racing) + 0.749
8. Tony Arbolino (Liqui Moly Intact GP) + 0.781
9. Hafizh Syahrin (NTS RW Racing GP) + 0.864
10. Aron Canet (Inde Aspar Team) + 0.916


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