Cal Crutchlow proved his first MotoGP victory two weeks’ ago was no fluke as he secured second place in the British Grand Prix to the delight of his home fans, but a seventh different race winner in seven races saw Maverick Vinales end Suzuki’s nine-year wait for victory with his first ever win in the top class.
Vinales seized the lead in the early exchanges and was never challenged as he mastered the difficult Silverstone track to come home 3.4 seconds ahead of Crutchlow, who emerged triumphant from a race-long duel with Valentino Rossi and Marc Marquez to take his second successive podium finish.
For the second year in succession, the British Grand Prix had to endure a restart, although unlike last year’s downpour on the formation lap this year’s race got underway before being red flagged. A frightening accident involving Loris Baz and Pol Espargaro flip through the air as they collided on the entry to Maggotts, and both riders were left motionless on the track with debris surround them.
Dorna, the organisers, had no option than to stop the race before the first lap ended and while both riders needed to be taken by ambulance to the medical centre, they were confirmed conscious before a quick restart was announced for the race.
Having been jumped by both Valentino Rossi and Maverick Vinales on the original start, Cal Crutchlow was able to hold the lead on the restart. Rossi though was going backwards, and after seeing the Suzuki of Vinales pass for second at Stowe on the opening lap, Marc Marquez quickly relegated him to fourth as they ran through The Loop.