Vinales scores breakthrough Silverstone victory

Maverick Vinales

Maverick Vinales

Maverick Vinales produced a dominant ride to record his maiden MotoGP victory and claim Suzuki’s first premier class triumph for nine years at the British Grand Prix.

Vinales leapt into the lead early in the race before going on to open up a healthy lead over the chasing pack.

The 21-year-old proved untouchable as he extended his advantage before taking the chequered flag by 3.4s to record Suzuki’s first win since Australian Chris Vermeulen won the 2007 French Grand Prix.

Vinales’ maiden win saw him become the fourth new winner in the last five races as he shared the Silverstone podium with Britain’s Cal Crutchlow (LCR Honda) and Yamaha’s Valentino Rossi.

The race was shortened by a lap when the original start was red flagged following a nasty crash involving  Loris Baz (Avintia Ducati) and Pol Espargaro (Tech3 Yamaha) at Maggots corner.

Both riders were conscious and taken to the circuit’s medical centre for checks.

Vinales, who led at the first start, quickly asserted his authority on the restart, taking the lead at Abbey, which he held throughout the 19 laps.

The battle for second provided plenty of entertainment as Crutchlow emerged from a race-long dice involving Marc Marquez (Honda), Valentino Rossi (Yamaha) and Andrea Iannone (Ducati).

Rossi held second for much of the race only to lose the spot to Ducati’s Iannone with seven laps remaining, following a surge through the field from eighth on the grid.

However, the Italian’s podium bid unravelled when he dropped his bike at Luffield corner a lap after taking the spot from Rossi.

A charging Crutchlow, who overtook Rossi on the previous tour, inherited the position although he soon came under attack from Marquez.

The pair fought hard over the spot until Marquez made an error and ran wide at Stowe corner, which saw him drop to fifth.

In the end, Crutchlow prevailed to take second from Rossi, while Marquez recovered to fourth after a late move on Honda team-mate Dani Pedrosa.

Ducati’s Andrea Dovizioso managed come home in sixth ahead of Aleix Espargaro (Suzuki) and reigning world champion Jorge Lorenzo (Yamaha), who lost further ground in the title race.

Pramac Ducati’s Danilo Petrucci and Aprilia’s Alvaro Bautista rounded out the top 10.

Australia’s Jack Miller ran inside the top 10 in the early stages before sliding to 16th position on his return to the category.

Marquez holds a 50 point lead over Rossi in the championship ahead of this weekend’s visit to Misano.

In Moto2, rising Aussie star Remy Gardner finished in 20th position as Tom Luthi took the overall honours.

Result: MotoGP British Grand Prix

Position Rider Team Time/Gap
1 Maverick Vinales Suzuki 19 laps
2 Cal Crutchlow LCR Honda +3.48s
3 Valentino Rossi Yamaha +4.06
4 Marc Marquez Honda +5.99
5 Dani Pedrosa Honda +6.38
6 Andrea Dovizioso Ducati +12.30
7 Aleix Espargaro Suzuki +16.67s
8 Jorge Lorenzo Yamaha +19.43
9 Danilo Petrucci Pramac Ducati +25.61
10 Alvaro Bautista Aprilia +32.08
11 Yonny Hernandez Aspar Ducati +36.13
12 Eugene Laverty Aspar Ducati +39.13
13 Alex Lowes Tech3 Yamaha +40.14
14 Hector Barbera Avintia Ducati +41.35
15 Tito Rabat Marc VDS Honda +41.94
16 Jack Miller Marc VDS Honda +47.61
17 Scott Redding Pramac Ducati +1:56.17
DNF Andrea Iannone Ducati Retirement
DNF Stefan Bradl Aprilia Retirement
DNF Loris Baz Avintia Ducati
DNF Pol Espargaro Tech3 Yamaha

Championship Standings 

Position Rider Points
1 Marc Marquez 210
2 Valentino Rossi 160
3 Jorge Lorenzo 146
4 Maverick Vinales 125
5 Dani Pedrosa 120
6 Andrea Iannone 96
7 Andrea Dovizioso 89
8 Cal Crutchlow 86
9 Pol Espargaro 81
10 Hector Barbera 78
11 Eugene Laverty 67
12 Aleix Espargaro 60
13 Scott Redding 54
14 Danilo Petrucci 45
15 Jack Miller 42
16 Bradley Smith 42
17 Alvaro Bautista 41
18 Stefan Bradl 39
19 Tito Rabat 27
20 Loris Baz 24
21 Michele Pirro 23
22 Yonny Hernandez 13
23 Alex Lowes 3

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