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Quartararo takes the lead before qualifying

Quartararo takes the lead before qualifying

Third after the first two tests on Friday, Fabio Quartararo set the best time for third this Saturday, ahead of Italy’s Ina Bastianini (Ducati-Gressini) with 59/1000 and Australian Jack Miller by 86/1000, before qualifying on Saturday from 2:10 pm local time ( 9:10 pm in French).

Against Quartararo, this time in Texas could see Spaniard Marc Marquez (Honda) back to the front, having lost two Grand Prix races to injury: He is fourth in this free practice session while somewhat embarrassed at the end of his run. quick roll.

Zarco is always present

The first Friday, the other Frenchman Johann Zarco (Ducati-Pramac) did not improve his time but remained close to the lead in fifth, less than twenty seconds off the Quarta.

Immediately behind us, Italian vice-champion Francesco Bagnaia (Ducati) is on the mend, Spain’s Paul Espargaro (Honda) and 2020 world champion Joan Mir (Suzuki), well present despite falling in the final minutes. . In the top ten, they will go straight to the second qualifying round (Q2).

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The current championship leader, Spaniard Alex Espargaro (Aprilia), was no better than 11th. He will have to go through the first qualifying stage (Q1) in hopes of being among the two fastest drivers, drafted in the second quarter.

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But those two places will be expensive, especially against other Spaniards Alex Rains (Suzuki), but they are in good shape on Friday, Maverick Vinales (Aprilia) and Jorge Martin (Ducati-Pramac), who fell 14 minutes after the end of the session, when the pilots began to enter in attack mode.

Prior to qualifying, the drivers will have a fourth practice session at 1:30 pm (8:30 pm in French).