Maverick Vinales wins MotoGP British GP for Suzuki, Cal Crutchlow second

Maverick Vinales became MotoGP's latest new winner and recorded Suzuki's first victory since 2007 with a commanding British Grand Prix performance at Silverstone

Maverick Vinales wins MotoGP British GP for Suzuki, Cal Crutchlow second

Vinales led home local hero Cal Crutchlow by 3.480 seconds to become the fourth new winner in five grands prix and end a Suzuki drought that goes back to Chris Vermeulen's victory in the 2007 French GP at a wet Le Mans.

The race was red-flagged on the first lap, due to an accident involving Pol Espargaro and Loris Baz at Maggotts.

With their bikes, the pair bounced across the infield and were fortunate not to be hit when they re-entered the track surface.

Both were taken to the medical centre for further checks. They have since been cleared of serious injuries and are expected to race at Misano next weekend.

Vinales took the lead into Maggotts on that first start, and after the restart for the shortened 19-lap race he had to wait until Abbey on the opening lap to get past polesitter Crutchlow.

But once he was in the lead, Vinales strolled away at the front as a five-rider scrap for second developed behind him.

Having initially broken away from the pack by two seconds while Crutchlow and Valentino Rossi struggled to pass Marc Marquez, Vinales led by three seconds with 10 laps to go and his lead got out to nearly five seconds before he started cruising home.

Behind Vinales, Rossi moved past Crutchlow at Brooklands on lap five and then Marquez on Hangar Straight a lap later, but he could not eat into Vinales' lead.

And he could also not pull away from the riders behind, namely Crutchlow, Marquez, Dani Pedrosa and Andrea Iannone.

The big mover was Iannone, who cut his way through the pack and up into second place, before he crashed his Ducati at Luffield on lap 14.

At the same time, Marquez and Rossi were in a fierce battle, trading what became third place and - nearly - paint, until Marquez eventually got past the Yamaha rider with five laps to go.

Marquez then reeled in Crutchlow, and they too traded second, until Marquez had a big look up the inside at Stowe but overshot the corner with two laps remaining.

That meant polesitter Crutchlow finished second for LCR Honda, his first home podium coming a fortnight after his breakthrough MotoGP victory, while Rossi was third.

Marquez dropped to fifth but repassed Honda team-mate Pedrosa to take fourth, while Andrea Dovizioso was sixth, ahead of the second Suzuki of Aleix Espargaro.

With the results - and Jorge Lorenzo finishing a distant eighth, nearly 20 seconds behind Vinales - Marquez leaves with a 50-point championship lead over Rossi, with Lorenzo a further 14 behind.

The points leader was one of the biggest beneficiaries of the race stoppage, having dropped to 11th when it was shown after a light touch with Scott Redding moments after the start.

Eugene Laverty charged from sixth on the grid up to second before the red flag, but couldn't repeat his heroics at the restart and eventually finished 12th, after appearing to be tagged by Stefan Bradl when the Aprilia rider crashed at Maggotts.

Redding had a miserable home race, falling twice - once at Vale and then again at Village - and was the last of the classified runners in 17th.

The other local rider in the field, debutant Alex Lowes finished 13th for Tech3 Yamaha standing in for the injured Bradley Smith.

RESULTS - 19 LAPS:

Pos Rider Team Bike Gap
1 Maverick Vinales Suzuki Suzuki 39m03.559s
2 Cal Crutchlow LCR Honda Honda 3.480s
3 Valentino Rossi Yamaha Yamaha 4.063s
4 Marc Marquez Honda Honda 5.992s
5 Dani Pedrosa Honda Honda 6.381s
6 Andrea Dovizioso Ducati Ducati 12.303s
7 Aleix Espargaro Suzuki Suzuki 16.672s
8 Jorge Lorenzo Yamaha Yamaha 19.432s
9 Danilo Petrucci Pramac Ducati Ducati 25.618s
10 Alvaro Bautista Aprilia Aprilia 32.084s
11 Yonny Hernandez Aspar Ducati Ducati 36.131s
12 Eugene Laverty Aspar Ducati Ducati 39.130s
13 Alex Lowes Tech3 Yamaha Yamaha 40.143s
14 Hector Barbera Avintia Ducati Ducati 41.356s
15 Tito Rabat Marc VDS Honda Honda 41.943s
16 Jack Miller Marc VDS Honda Honda 47.610s
17 Scott Redding Pramac Ducati Ducati 1m56.177s
- Andrea Iannone Ducati Ducati Retirement
- Stefan Bradl Aprilia Aprilia Retirement
- Loris Baz Avintia Ducati Ducati Not started
- Pol Espargaro Tech3 Yamaha Yamaha Not started

CHAMPIONSHIP STANDINGS:

Pos 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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