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Movistar Yamaha #motogp Teams #maverickvinales scored a position on the front row with second place in this afternoons qualifying for tomorrows Grand Prix of The Americas. Teammate #valentinorossi also pushed his YZR-M1 to the limit at the Circuit of The Americas (COTA), claiming third place on the grid in the final minutes.
The Movistar Yamaha #motogp riders wrapped up todays intense Qualifying 2 session with some red-hot laps, securing Yamaha its first double front row start of the 2017 #motogp season and setting the stage for a thrilling race.
Viñales waited for most of his competition to head out at the start of the 15-minute qualifying session. Wasting no time, his first flying lap was looking promising, but traffic on the track spoiled his efforts in the final corner. His second attempt, a 203.912s, moved him to second place before he rushed back to the box for a fresh set of tyres.
With four minutes remaining, the young Spaniard pulled out all the stops to earn first place. He narrowed the gap to provisional pole to 0.083s with a 203.125s, but knew he had a margin for improvement left. He made good on his promising pace, when he dropped a 202.871s to briefly take over pole, before being pushed back to second after the flag was out. Nevertheless, Viñales is perfectly satisfied to have secured his second front row start for Yamaha, 0.130s from the front.
Teammate Rossi went straight into action as soon as the green light signalled the start of the 15-minute time attack. The Italian's first lap initially lifted him to fifth, but he dropped to eighth when all riders had completed their first attempt. The long American track allowed him one more try and he responded soon with a 2'04.758s for seventh, but was back in eighth when he entered pit lane for a quick stop.
The Doctor returned to the pits with around six minutes on the clock and quickly changed tyres in under 60 seconds, before heading back out. Having dropped to tenth place, he was determined to show what he got and cleverly searched for some clear space on track. He perfectly timed his final attack, stepping up his pace on his seventh lap to better his time to a 2'03.673s to take third, 0.932s from first.
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