Circuit of The Americas™ kicked off the Red Bull MotoGP of The Americas in style on the morning of Friday, April 19, as two members of the Red Bull Air Force—a team assembled from the most accomplished and experienced skydivers, B.A.S.E. jumpers and paragliders on the planet—performed the first ever B.A.S.E. jumps off the iconic Circuit of The Americas 25-story observation Tower. The jumpers, Miles Daisher and Jeff Provenzano, leapt off the 251-foot structure with a static line and opened their chutes about 60 feet into their descent. From there they floated down, landing safely on the grass below. The B.A.S.E. jumps signaled the official start to the Red Bull MotoGP of The Americas sports and entertainment event, which takes place April 19-21. The Red Bull Air Force will perform once again on Sunday, when Jeff Provenzano, Sean MacCormac, Jon Devore and Andy Farrington will skydive into the Circuit. B.A.S.E. jumping is an activity that employs an initially packed parachute to jump from fixed objects. "B.A.S.E." is an acronym that stands for four categories of fixed objects from which one can jump: buildings, antennae, spans (bridges), and earth (cliffs). Miles Daisher, who was part of the morning demonstration, has completed 3,301 B.A.S.E. jumps in his life (an unofficial record).
Marc Marquez comfortably topped both opening sessions, leading fellow Honda riders Dani Pedrosa and Stefan Bradl. Posting a best lap time of 2’05.031, Marquez led compatriot Pedrosa by over half a second.The third practice session, deciding which ten riders move directly into Q2 Qualifying, commences on Saturday at 9:55am local time (GMT -5).- Photos by Keith Rizzo
Nico Terol has topped the first ever Moto2™ session to be staged at the Circuit, leading the opening practice period on Friday morning. The Mapfre Aspar Team Moto2 rider topped the timesheets from Technomag carXpert’s Dominique Aegerter and Italtrans Racing Team’s Takaaki Nakagami. Free Practice 2 will start at 3:05pm local time (GMT -5). After finishing 23rd in first practice, Scott Redding shot to the top of the Moto2™ second practice session on Friday, 19. The Marc VDS Racing Team rider, second in the standings, set the pace in Texas from Desguaces La Torre Maptaq’s Xavier Simeon and Came Iodaracing Project’s Johann Zarco.- Photos by Keith Rizzo
With temperatures in the high 50’s and low 60’s, plus wind gusts in the 15 to 20 mph range, weather conditions in Central Texas had a definite impact on practice times for MotoGP™ riders attempting to tame the challenging 20-turn Circuit of The Americas™ race course Friday morning.
San Carlo Team Italia’s Romano Fenati led the opening Moto3™ practice session on Friday morning. The Italian led Team Calvo’s Maverick Viñales by just nine thousandths of a second. Maverick Viñales led the afternoon practice session. The Team Calvo rider edged out Estrella Galicia 0,0’s Alex Rins by half a second as Qatar race winner Luis Salom completed the top three. - Photos by Keith Rizzo
Marc Marquez has led the opening MotoGP™ practice session at the Circuit. Repsol Honda Team rider led championship leader Jorge Lorenzo and teammate Dani Pedrosa. Second free practice begins at 2:05pm local time (GMT -5). Under new regulations for 2013, the top combined fastest lap times from across the opening three practice sessions decide which 10 riders are automatically put through to Q2 Qualifying. - Photos by Keith Rizzo