The opening day of the Grand Prix of the Americas got underway today with mixed conditions for PETRONAS Yamaha Sepang Racing Team’s MotoGP riders Andrea Dovizioso and Valentino Rossi, who ended the day 14th and 17th respectively.
Dovizioso set a strong lap in the early part of FP1, when the track was still damp from earlier rainfall, going 12th with a 2mins 20.556secs lap. However, he was unable to improve in the drier conditions and ended FP1 21st. The Italian had a steadier start to FP2, but towards the end of the session set a time that placed him sixth momentarily. Setting a 2mins 5.137secs lap in the final moments, Andrea ended the day inside the top-15 – in 14th.
With a wet track at the start of FP1, Rossi spent time assessing the conditions to see where the damp patches were and reacquainting himself with the Texan circuit. ‘Vale’ ended FP1 20th, after setting a time of 2mins 19.668secs on his final lap. FP2 proved to be a difficult affair for the Italian, who was running 20th for the majority of the 45 minutes. Able to improve his best time to 2mins 5.631secs on his final flying lap, Valentino was 17th at the end of the session.
Track action for Dovizioso and Rossi will resume with FP3 tomorrow at 9.55am local time (10.55pm MYT), followed by the two MotoGP Qualifying sessions at 2.10pm local time (3.10am MYT).