After an impressive performance in only his second GP with PETRONAS Yamaha Sepang Racing Team, Andrea Dovizioso will start the Grand Prix of the Americas from 14th on the grid, while a crash meant Valentino Rossi ended Qualifying at COTA 20th.
It proved to be a tough FP3 for Dovizioso, who was able to consistently improve his time in today’s session – setting a 2mins 5.310secs lap – but was unable to better his time from yesterday. He ended FP3 17th and was 18th overall. The Italian started Q1 by putting in a solid banker lap, before pushing hard in the final moments of the session. ‘Dovi’ looked set to challenge for a Q2 place, but ended Q1 fourth with a 2mins 4.044secs lap – securing a place on the fifth row of the grid in 14th.
Biding his time until the final 15 minutes of FP3 to do his time attack run, Rossi was able to improve his time with each lap to ultimately set a best time of 2mins 4.860secs. This saw him end the session in 15th. The Italian’s early Q1 laps saw him towards the sharp end of the times with a time of 2mins 4.699secs. Unfortunately a Turn 6 crash on his final flying lap meant that Valentino was unable to improve further and, after placing tenth in Q1, will start tomorrow’s race 20th.
Warm up will get underway for Dovizioso and Rossi at 9.40am local time (10.40pm MYT) tomorrow, while the AmericasGP coming to a conclusion at 2pm local time (3am MYT) with the 20-lap MotoGP race.