MotoGP: Vinales top gun as Crutchlow takes second at home

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Maverick Vinales romped to a dominant victory for Suzuki this weekend, leading from lights to flag in a dramatic British Grand Prix with home hero Cal Crutchlow crossing the line to take the runner-up spot.

The drama would kick off in the early stages as a huge crash for Pol Espargaro and Loris Baz at Maggotts brought out the red flag before the end of the first lap. With both riders OK, the race was restarted and while it was Cal Crutchlow who led into turn one, Vinales had taken over at the front by the end of the opening lap.


A four-way scrap for second between Crutchlow, Rossi, Marquez and Iannone would allow the Spaniard to get away at the front, steadily building his lead lap by lap.

At the half way point, Iannone was on the charge as he made his way through to second place but the pressure from behind soon saw him hit the deck leaving Crutchlow to move into second. A titantic battle between Rossi and Marquez would then ensue, allowing Crutchlow to get away but a determined Marquez soon broke the Italian and chased his Honda counterpart down.

Having tasted champagne last time out, polesitter Crutchlow wasn’t to give up as he fought Marquez hard, forcing him into a mistake into Maggotts to secure second place. Rossi was able to get past to take third, with Marquez left to fight it out for fourth with team-mate Dani Pedrosa.

Dovizioso took sixth ahead of the second Suzuki of Aleix Espargaro. Jorge Lorenzo had a nightmare race to finish eighth ahead of Danilo Petrucci and Alvaro Bautista.

Alex Lowes finished his debut MotoGP race in 13th for Tech 3 Yamaha, while Scott Redding crashed out not once but twice on the Pramac Ducati.  

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Oli Rushby

By Oli Rushby

Former sports reporter covering British Superbikes, World Superbikes and road racing