All Photos by Cris DeWitt

Friday opened the CoTA  MOTOGP amidst the spectacle of Evel Knievel memorabilia and motorcycle demo rides.  The crowd at the track were intent on watching the riders adjust to the trickier conditions provided by the overcast skies and drizzling rain.

Mother Nature never stops the riders, just slows them down from their customary 220 or so miles per hour – and the rain affects their “lean.”   Instead of 55 to 63 degrees they averaged from 45 to 55 degrees.

A loose dog on the track red-flagged the first practice session  “for safety reasons” after the animal ran in front of Suzuki rider Maverick Vinales.

 

 

 

MotoGP Free Practice Nr. 1 Classification 2015

1 4 Andrea DOVIZIOSO ITA Ducati Team Ducati 328.9 2’19.402

2 93 Marc MARQUEZ SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda 329.0 2’19.864 0.462 / 0.462

3 45 Scott REDDING GBR EG 0,0 Marc VDS Honda 328.8 2’20.487 1.085 / 0.623

4 46 Valentino ROSSI ITA Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha 323.6 2’20.593 1.191 / 0.106

5 9 Danilo PETRUCCI ITA Pramac Racing Ducati 324.1 2’20.665 1.263 / 0.072

6 38 Bradley SMITH GBR Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 321.5 2’20.951 1.549 / 0.286

7 44 Pol ESPARGARO SPA Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 326.8 2’20.983 1.581 / 0.032

8 35 Cal CRUTCHLOW GBR CWM LCR Honda Honda 327.5 2’21.300 1.898 / 0.317

9 99 Jorge LORENZO SPA Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha 325.8 2’21.486 2.084 / 0.186

10 68 Yonny HERNANDEZ COL Pramac Racing Ducati 327.1 2’21.625 2.223 / 0.139

11 19 Alvaro BAUTISTA SPA Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia 316.2 2’22.018 2.616 / 0.393

12 7 Hiroshi AOYAMA JPN Repsol Honda Team Honda 333.6 2’22.387 2.985 / 0.369

13 43 Jack MILLER AUS CWM LCR Honda Honda 321.6 2’22.391 2.989 / 0.004

14 6 Stefan BRADL GER Athinà Forward Racing Yamaha Forward 323.0 2’22.498 3.096 / 0.107

15 69 Nicky HAYDEN USA Aspar MotoGP Team Honda 312.5 2’22.542 3.140 / 0.044

16 41 Aleix ESPARGARO SPA Team SUZUKI ECSTAR Suzuki 316.8 2’22.571 3.169 / 0.029

17 63 Mike DI MEGLIO FRA Avintia Racing Ducati 321.3 2’22.663 3.261 / 0.092

18 8 Hector BARBERA SPA Avintia Racing Ducati 320.2 2’22.716 3.314 / 0.053

19 29 Andrea IANNONE ITA Ducati Team Ducati 322.5 2’22.741 3.339 / 0.025

20 76 Loris BAZ FRA Athinà Forward Racing Yamaha Forward 313.4 2’24.178 4.776 / 1.437

21 50 Eugene LAVERTY IRL Aspar MotoGP Team Honda 317.3 2’24.851 5.449 / 0.673

22 25 Maverick VIÑALES SPA Team SUZUKI ECSTAR Suzuki 317.4 2’25.024 5.622 / 0.173

23 33 Marco MELANDRI ITA Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia 318.8 2’25.141 5.739 / 0.117

24 15 Alex DE ANGELIS RSM Octo IodaRacing Team ART 311.5 2’25.160 5.758 / 0.019

25 17 Karel ABRAHAM CZE AB Motoracing Honda 319.3 2’25.405 6.003 / 0.245

MotoGP Free Practice Nr. 2 Classification 2015 Austin, Friday, April 10, 2015

1 93 Marc MARQUEZ SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda 343.5 2’04.835

2 35 Cal CRUTCHLOW GBR CWM LCR Honda Honda 340.6 2’05.162 0.327 / 0.327

3 29 Andrea IANNONE ITA Ducati Team Ducati 342.4 2’05.190 0.355 / 0.028

4 41 Aleix ESPARGARO SPA Team SUZUKI ECSTAR Suzuki 329.8 2’05.564 0.729 / 0.374

5 4 Andrea DOVIZIOSO ITA Ducati Team Ducati 339.8 2’05.646 0.811 / 0.082

6 46 Valentino ROSSI ITA Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha 335.9 2’05.691 0.856 / 0.045

7 44 Pol ESPARGARO SPA Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 336.9 2’05.840 1.005 / 0.149

8 6 Stefan BRADL GER Athinà Forward Racing Yamaha Forward 329.8 2’05.990 1.155 / 0.150

9 68 Yonny HERNANDEZ COL Pramac Racing Ducati 338.4 2’06.092 1.257 / 0.102

10 38 Bradley SMITH GBR Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 336.9 2’06.134 1.299 / 0.042

11 99 Jorge LORENZO SPA Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha 333.0 2’06.174 1.339 / 0.040

12 45 Scott REDDING GBR EG 0,0 Marc VDS Honda 331.5 2’06.216 1.381 / 0.042

13 9 Danilo PETRUCCI ITA Pramac Racing Ducati 339.1 2’06.294 1.459 / 0.078

14 63 Mike DI MEGLIO FRA Avintia Racing Ducati 336.3 2’06.591 1.756 / 0.297

15 25 Maverick VIÑALES SPA Team SUZUKI ECSTAR Suzuki 329.2 2’07.011 2.176 / 0.420

16 7 Hiroshi AOYAMA JPN Repsol Honda Team Honda 344.2 2’07.268 2.433 / 0.257

17 19 Alvaro BAUTISTA SPA Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia 325.3 2’07.419 2.584 / 0.151

18 8 Hector BARBERA SPA Avintia Racing Ducati 339.4 2’07.581 2.746 / 0.162

19 43 Jack MILLER AUS CWM LCR Honda Honda 328.5 2’07.916 3.081 / 0.335

20 50 Eugene LAVERTY IRL Aspar MotoGP Team Honda 330.7 2’07.968 3.133 / 0.052

21 17 Karel ABRAHAM CZE AB Motoracing Honda 327.6 2’08.266 3.431 / 0.298

22 69 Nicky HAYDEN USA Aspar MotoGP Team Honda 327.1 2’08.762 3.927 / 0.496

23 76 Loris BAZ FRA Athinà Forward Racing Yamaha Forward 326.5 2’09.372 4.537 / 0.610

24 33 Marco MELANDRI ITA Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia 329.1 2’11.258 6.423 / 1.886

25 15 Alex DE ANGELIS RSM Octo IodaRacing Team ART 322.4 2’12.409 7.574 / 1.151

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