Marc Marquez was fastest in both Friday practice session at Circuit of The Americas. (Photo: Dorna Communications)

was fastest in both Friday practice session at . (Photo: Dorna Communications)

World Champion Marc Marquez was fastest in both Friday free practice sessions at the Circuit of the Americas, ending FP2 a considerable 1.005s margin quicker than , whilst was third best.

Marquez set a best time of 2:03.490s to lead the way at the state-of-the-art track in Texas where he took his first premier class victory in 2013 and on Saturday he will be a clear favorite to repeat his pole position from last year. Indeed Marquez set his best Friday time on a hard tire and was less than 0.5s from his own pole record set on a medium tire 12 months ago.

Ducati Team’s Dovizioso was the ‘best of the rest’ using a softer tire, whilst Marquez led his Repsol Honda teammate Pedrosa by 1.133s. Like Dovizioso his Italian compatriot and fellow Ducati rider Andrea Iannone (Pramac Racing) made use of a soft compound to lap fourth quickest.

The best of the Yamaha riders was Valentino Rossi (Movistar Yamaha MotoGP) at a circuit which he admits he found tricky last season. The nine-time World Champion trailed Marquez by 1.3s.

The impressive Aleix Espargaro (NGM Forward Racing) lapped sixth quickest on the ‘Open’ Yamaha and outpaced Factory-equipped rivals Stefan Bradl (LCR Honda MotoGP) and Jorge Lorenzo (Movistar Yamaha MotoGP) in seventh and eighth respectively.

Lorenzo was apparently unable to make the most of the re-introduced 2013-spec Bridgestone tire which has been brought to this round and for which he stated a preseason preference over the 2014 version.

Britons Cal Crutchlow (Ducati Team) and Bradley Smith (Monster Yamaha Tech3) rounded out the top ten behind Lorenzo.

The MotoGP riders will return to action in FP3 at 9:55 a.m. local time in Texas (GMT -5). For full results from FP2 click here.

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