Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP’s Maverick Viñales and Valentino Rossi quickly got up to speed during the Free Practice 1 session at the Circuit of The Americas (Austin, USA) today, securing second and fifth place respectively.
Austin (Texas), 12th April 2019
With rain expected for tomorrow, Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP’s Maverick Viñales and Valentino Rossi didn’t waste any time to get some good lap times in early on in the Grand Prix of The Americas weekend, taking second and fifth place respectively in FP1.

Viñales showed to have good pace this morning at the somewhat dusty Circuit of The Americas (COTA). He temporarily held first place, but later dropped to second as the pace picked up. However, the Spaniard kept firing in the hot laps and ended the session with a 2'05.389s best lap, 0.078s from the front.

Rossi used the first 45-minutes of track time to get his YZR-M1’s set-up sorted. The Italian kept his name firmly inside the top-10 throughout the session, ultimately securing fifth place with a best lap of 2'06.042s, 0.731s from first.
Maverick Viñales

Maverick Viñales

Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP Rider

Position: 2nd
Laps: 16
Best lap time: 2'05.389
Gap from 1st: +0.078

"I felt quite good, though my knee hurts from the fall in Argentina, especially in right-handers. I think I can deal with it during the weekend, and Sunday it will be much better. I'm happy, because I feel confident and the bike is working well. I felt a lot of movement out on track, but I was already good from the first laps. Let's see what we can do this weekend, but I'm feeling positive, and I'm hoping for a good GP."

Valentino Rossi

Valentino Rossi

Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP Rider

Position: 5th
Laps: 18
Best lap time: 2'06.042
Gap from 1st: +0.731

"The first session was quite positive because I’m in the top-5. The first feeling with the bike is good. I did 18 laps, I’m pretty fast, and the condition of the track was not so bad, better than last year. Now we need to check the data with the team, and we have to work on the balance of the bike. I look forward to FP2 because we want to improve in some areas."