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Repsol Honda Team rider quickest ahead of qualifying as blue skies appear over Austin

The session started in wet conditions but with the sun shining in Austin, a dry line was already appearing after Moto3™ qualifying and with 10 minutes to go, Marquez was one of the first riders to head out on slick tyres. The reigning Champion immediately went 5.6 seconds faster than anyone else - despite a heart in the mouth moment on the back straight - before eventually getting his best time down to a 2:05.478, with Cal Crutchlow (LCR Honda Castrol) the only rider within two seconds of the number 93.

Valentino Rossi (Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP) was third quickest with a 2:08.029 on slick tyres, with his apprentice Franco Morbidelli (Petronas Yamaha SRT) leading Alex Rins (Team Suzuki Ecstar) in fourth and fifth respectively.

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