The MotoGP paddock ventures outdoors of Europe for the primary time for the reason that Qatar double-header season opener, largely because of the COVID-19 pandemic restrictions nonetheless gripping the world, because the championship returns to COTA for the primary time since 2019.
Fabio Quartararo continues to carry a wholesome factors lead on the high of the MotoGP riders’ standings regardless of Francesco Bagnaia’s back-to-back wins at Aragon and Misano, with the Yamaha rider 48 factors forward of the Italian with 4 rounds to go.
Regardless of a disappointing San Marino GP final outing, Joan Mir nonetheless remains mathematically in title contention, 67 factors off Quartararo, in third place within the standings for Suzuki.
The Americas GP has beforehand been a Marc Marquez stronghold with the Honda rider taking six consecutive MotoGP wins at COTA earlier than he crashed out whereas main the 2019 race, with Suzuki’s Alex Rins sweeping as much as clinch his maiden premier class victory.
However with Marquez persevering with his troublesome arm damage restoration this season, domination by the Spaniard isn’t assured after 18 months away from COTA after final yr’s race was cancelled amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
Marc Marquez, Repsol Honda Workforce
Photograph by: Repsol Media
This weekend’s race may even mark a brand new problem to the trio of riders adapting to new groups mid-season; Maverick Vinales at Aprilia, Franco Morbidelli on the manufacturing facility Yamaha squad and Andrea Dovizioso at Petronas SRT Yamaha.
The Americas GP may even be an emotional race for Vinales following the site visitors demise of his cousin Dean Berta Vinales who was killed in a crash within the opening World Supersport 300 race at Jerez final weekend.
2021 Americas MotoGP session timings
MotoGP will run its commonplace schedule throughout the Americas GP weekend, with two observe classes on Friday that may run for 45 minutes every. On Saturday third observe may even run for 45 minutes, with the highest 10 on the mixed FP1-2-Three timesheet mechanically coming into into Q2 of qualifying. A ultimate 30-minute FP4 session is held on Saturday afternoon forward of qualifying.
Q1 of qualifying sees all riders who didn’t end within the high 10 of the mixed observe instances participate, with the highest two finishers progressing into Q2 alongside the highest 10 who gained an computerized spot through their observe instances.
Q2 is the pole place shootout which decides the order of the entrance 4 rows, with the remainder of the grid organised on Q1 instances, for the Americas GP on Sunday.
Moto2 and Moto3 are additionally in motion throughout the Americas GP.
Friday 1st October 2021
Free Follow 1: Three:55pm-Four:40pm BST (9:55am-10:40am native)
Free Follow 2: Eight:10pm-Eight:55pm BST (2:10pm-2:55pm native)
Saturday 2nd October 2021
Free Follow Three: Three:55pm-Four:40pm BST (9:55am-10:40am native)
Free Follow Four: 7:30pm-Eight:00pm BST (1:30pm-2:00pm native)
Qualifying: Eight:10pm-Eight:50pm BST (2:10pm-2:50pm native)
Sunday third October 2021
Heat Up: Three:40pm-Four:00pm BST (9:40am-10:00am native)
Race: Eight:00pm BST (2:00pm native)
Fabio Quartararo, Yamaha Manufacturing facility Racing
Photograph by: Gold and Goose / Motorsport Images
How can I watch the Americas MotoGP?
• Channel: BT Sport 2
• Channel numbers: Sky – 414 (BT Sport 2)
• Channel numbers: Virgin Media – 528 (BT Sport 2)
BT Sport’s stay protection of Sunday’s motion begins with the warm-up classes at 2:30pm BST, taken from the world feed, earlier than switching to its personal broadcast at Four:15pm BST for the pre-race present forward of the Moto3 race.
The build-up to the MotoGP race begins from 7:30pm, or when the Moto2 race finishes, forward of lights out at Eight:00pm.
Can I stream the Americas MotoGP?
Viewers in the UK also can stream the Americas GP by buying a video move from MotoGP.com. A one-off video move, for the rest of the 2021 MotoGP season, prices £38.67p.
The video move provides entry to each stay session, qualifying and race, plus world feed content material and the possibility to observe earlier races.
Climate forecast for the Americas MotoGP at COTA
COTA is about for heat and blended circumstances on Friday and Saturday however extra settled climate on Sunday. There’s a robust probability of thundery showers throughout Austin on Friday and Saturday however Sunday is anticipated to stay dry all through. Highs of 30 levels Celsius are forecast on race day, which is 5 levels hotter than the San Marino GP.
Most Americas MotoGP winners (premier class solely)
Marc Marquez: 6 wins (MotoGP – 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018)
Alex Rins: 1 win (MotoGP – 2019)