The Avintia Esponsorama Moto3 and Avintia VR46 Academy completed the first two free practice sessions of the Red Bull Grand Prix of the Americas at the COTA circuit.

The morning practice was held on a wet track. Niccolò Antonelli was the fastest of the session with a time of 2:32.254. In his first time in Austin, Carlos Tatay finished 18th, setting a time of 2:36.285. The Valencian rider suffered a crash in the final stages of the session.

In the afternoon, in dry conditions, Antonelli set the second fastest time of the session, which puts him second in the combined free practice times after the first day. Tatay missed most of the session due to a mechanical problem with his bike. In the end, the Avintia Esponsorama Moto3 rider was 25th.

Tomorrow at 16:00 (CET+2) the third free practice will be held, before to the qualifying session of the Red Bull Grand Prix

“I am very happy to finish the first day in second position. There are still small details to improve, but overall I felt comfortable. I’m focused for tomorrow and I hope to get a good qualifying result.”

“It was a complicated day. In FP2 we had a problem with the bike that has caused us to lose a big part of the practice. It’s a circuit that I still have to get to know, so tomorrow we’ll have to focus on that, enjoy it and keep working.”