Silverstone’s British Grand
Prix saw Maverick Vinales of Team Suzuki Ecstar cruising to victory while home
hero Cal Crutchlow managed a second place, outpacing MotoGP championship leader
and Repsol Honda rider Marc Marquez who ran off the track to finish fourth
behind legend Valentino Rossi. For Maverick it was an incredible maiden win.
The original race was red
flagged on the opening lap after Pol Espargaro (Monster Yamaha tech 3) and Loris
Baz (Avintia Racing) clashed in a dramatic crash, which led to both receiving
trackside treatment. Spaniard Vinales was the class act after the restart for
Team Suzuki Ecstar and he duly claimed the victory with the LCR Honda of Briton
Crutchlow three seconds behind.
Rossi’s Movistar Yamaha completed the podium leaving Marquez to rue his late mistake in fourth, team-mate Dani Pedrosa fifth and Andrea Dovizioso back in sixth. Marquez still leads the standings with a healthy 50-point gap to Rossi and reigning champion Jorge Lorenzo a further 14 points behind.
The next race moves to the
Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli and the San Marino Grand Prix next
Maverick Viñales , the 2013
Moto3 world champion was in a class of his own at the Octo British Grand Prix as
he became the seventh winner so far in 2016. Viñales, who got his first podium
in Le Mans in the French GP, got a front row start and simply throttled hard to
lead the pack and eventually win the race.
With the initial lights out it was Maverick
Viñales at the front, before an incident between Loris Baz and Pol Espargaro brought
out the red flag and the two riders went to the medical centre. On the restart,
the front row of the grid of Crutchlow, Rossi and Viñales fought for the lead,
with Crutchlow taking the position early before Viñales got through to lead and
With Viñales leading, it was Marc
Marquez ahead of Rossi, Crutchlow,
Andrea Iannone (Ducati Team) and Marquez' teammate Dani Pedrosa, while reigning
champion Jorge Lorenzo (Movistar Yamaha MotoGP) experiencing a difficult race
as he was left behind in P8.
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