Rossi wins, Marquez crashes, Crutchlow taken out in dramatic Silverstone race
Valentino Rossi has taken a controlling win in wet conditions at Silverstone, further extending his lead in the championship as early leader Jorge Lorenzo slumped to fourth and Marc Marquez crashed out.
It was Lorenzo who made the break at the start, but Rossi was soon able to move past and pull away with Marquez in close proximity. However, it wasn’t to be for the reigning champion, crashing out of second from only a second behind Rossi.
And, with an incredible late charge for not one but two Ducatis, it was satellite Pramac rider Danilo Petrucci who was able to make the most of the wet conditions to get the best of his factory compatriot Andrea Dovizioso to take his first ever podium finish.
Dani Pedrosa was fifth behind Lorenzo on the second Repsol Honda, while Scott Redding rode to his best performance of the season in sixth, after hunting down Bradley Smith in the second half of the race.
However, it was disaster for their fellow Brit Cal Crutchlow, who was wiped out in the early stages of the race, after rookie teammate Jack Miller – who made an incredible charge at the start of the race to fifth place – took out his fellow LCR Honda rider.