Maverick Viñales took his maiden MotoGP victory in front of a packed Silverstone crowd this afternoon in a dominant display to take Suzuki’s first MotoGP victory since 2007.
The Spaniard had been quick all weekend, in both wet and dry conditions, securing a front row start for the race before vaulting off the line to be in the mix from the off not once but twice after a red flag halted the first running of the race due to an incident involving Pol Espargaro and Loris Baz.
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Fighting off charges from Cal Crutchlow and Valentino Rossi on the first lap, Vinales broke clear of the chasing pack to take his debut GP victory ahead of Cal Crutchlow and Valentino Rossi.
“It’s an awesome feeling to win my first MotoGP race!” he said. “It was great to be at the front and we have worked so hard since Friday on tyre durability and today I was feeling great. When I can push 100% I can do things like that so we will try again next race to be the best.
“I’ve felt good with the bike since Friday morning, especially with the front end and made sure I was on the front row and got a good start and pushed very hard!
“It’s so amazing to do this, 19 laps on your own is not easy and it is a little strange! Last year was so difficult and this year hasn’t been great as we’ve struggled in the wet and the warm. The team deserve it, we’ve worked very hard to get here and we’re going to try and make the most of it.”
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