The Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP Team have made their way to Austin, Texas for this weekend‘s Grand Prix of The Americas. After a disappointing end to the Argentina GP last Sunday, both Fabio Quartararo and Franco Morbidelli are hungry to fight for top results at the COTA track.
Quartararo arrives at the Circuit of the Americas (COTA) holding fifth place in the championship with a 10-point gap to first. The championship is still wide open, and with good memories of the COTA track, El Diablo is ready to for the challenge.
In 2015, his very first year of visiting COTA, the Frenchman immediately scored a second place in the Moto3 class. Last year he equalled this feat on a MotoGP bike in only his second premier class race in Austin, which was crucial for his championship title win later on.
Morbidelli was unlucky to suffer a tyre puncture last week, cutting his Argentina GP short. He is looking forward to making a strong comeback at another track and move up from 12th place in the overall standings.
The Italian is a fan of the tricky Austin venue and is anticipating a positive race weekend. Last year he was still contending with a leg injury that prevented him from showing his true potential. This weekend he would like to add another top result to his resume. His best performances at COTA include his win in 2017 in the Moto2 class and the fifth place he scored with Yamaha in the premier class in 2019.
Constructed in 2013, The Circuit of the Americas (COTA) is one of the newest on the calendar, having been added to the Grand Prix schedule that same year. Its length of 5513m and mixture of fast straights and tight hairpins make the track both challenging and exciting to master for teams and riders. They need to find exactly the right balance for their bike‘s set-up to suit the 11 left, 9 right turns, and the 1,200m straight in order snatch a place on the podium. The especially sharp Turn 1 will be a place where the fans can expect a lot of overtaking action, both at the start and during the race.
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The Grand Prix of The Americas is held in the GMT -5 time zone. FP1 will take place on Friday afternoon from 09:55 - 10:40 local track time, followed by FP2 from 14:10 - 14:55. On Saturday, FP3 will be held from 09:55 - 10:40, FP4 from 13:30 - 14:00, and the qualifying sessions from 14:10 - 14:50. On Sunday, Warm Up is held from 09:40 - 10:00 and the race starts at 13:00.