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Wet track doesn't dampen the action on MotoGP opening day

Posted on April 10, 2015

Written by doolittle

If you want to see just how talented MotoGP riders are, Friday has certainly been the day.

Rain falling over Circuit of The Americas throughout the day didn't stop the on-track action at the MotoGP Red Bull Grand Prix of The Americas. Despite the wet track, top speeds in this morning's practice sessions still topped 200 mph.

Several sessions were delayed because of the rain, and there was an incident with a four-legged track invader who was removed quickly.

In the premier MotoGP category, Ducati Team’s Andrea Dovizioso had the fastest time of the session: 2 minutes, 19.402 seconds around Circuit of The Americas’ 3.4-mile track.

Two-time defending champion Marc Marquez was about a half-second behind at 2:19.864, followed by EG 0,0 Marc VDS’s Scott Redding at 2:20.487. Movistar Yamaha’s Valentino Rossi and Pramac Racing’s Danilo Petrucci rounded out the top 5.

Sam Lowes of Speed Up Racing posted the fastest time in the morning Moto2 practice sessions with a 2:26.356.

In Moto3, Ongetta-Rivacold’s Niccolo Antonelli topped the time sheets with a 2:31.668.

More practice sessions are scheduled throughout the afternoon, including qualifying for MotoAmerica Supersport and Superbike races. Autograph sessions with all MotoGP riders are also scheduled at the Austin360 Amphitheater.