American rodeo time! It is that time of the year for GASGAS Factory Racing Tech3, who are ready to head to Austin in Texas for the Red Bull Grand Prix of the Americas, the third round of the 2023 MotoGP™ World Championship. It will also be the final stop in America before the MotoGP™ paddock heads back to Europe at the end of the month.
Rookie Augusto Fernandez started his first MotoGP™ campaign pretty well, with already eight points scored following a P13 finish at the opening round in Portimao, and an impressive eleventh position under the rain in Termas de Río Hondo. A new challenge awaits the Moto2™ World Champion on the highly physically demanding Circuit of the Americas, also known as the American Rodeo. It will be an important weekend for the Spaniard who will aim to fly high the GASGAS flag in MotoGP™, in a country already highly represented in Supercross by local star Justin Barcia. Joining him from this week, German Jonas Folger will officially step in for GASGAS Factory Racing Tech3 as Pol Espargaro continues his road to recovery.
Watch out for the clock again this week! Round 3 action will start on Friday with Practice 1 at 10:45 local time (GMT-5), followed by Practice 2 in the afternoon at 15:00 (GMT-5). Saturday morning will see Free Practice start at 10:10 local time, which will be immediately followed by the qualifying sessions. Saturday’s rendez-vous with the sprint will be at 15:00 (GMT-5) for ten laps, before Sunday’s race at 14:00 local time (GMT-5), for twenty laps! Let’s get on the gas!