Vinales takes Silverstone win
Maverick Viñales (Team Suzuki Ecstar) had shown great pace all weekend at the British GP and lined up in third on the grid after carrying his dry form into a wet qualifying session. With an initial lead in the red-flagged first start, Viñales again took to the front on the restart and proved in a league of his own. The Spaniard pulled away from the pack lap after lap, with no one able to match him and eventually crossed the line over 3 seconds clear - having at one stage stretched the gap to over 4 seconds at the front. It was a first win for the 2013 Moto3 world champion in MotoGP, and the first win for a Suzuki machine since 2007 - which was in the wet - with the most recent dry victory for the Japanese manufacturer dating back to 2000. The historic day also crowned Viñales the seventh different winner in 2016, and the fourth first time victor in almost as many races as he joins Jack Miller (Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS), Andrea Iannone (Ducati Team) and Cal Crutchlow (LCR Honda) in the 2016 hall of first-time fame.
Home star Cal Crutchlow eventually finished 3.5s from Vinales to be best of the rest in second place, having got the better of Marc Marquez in the closing stages. The world championship leader ran wide while trying to re-pass Crutchlow's LCR Honda after a close moment at the end of the Hangar Straight, initially dropping Marquez back to fifth. The Repsol Honda rider had earlier been involved in an equally close duel with Valentino Rossi, who completed the podium after the #93 made his late mistake.
Ducati's Andrea Iannone slid out of second as the race entered its closing stages, with Dani Pedrosa completing the lead group. Marquez overtook his team-mate after rejoining the track following the near miss with Crutchlow. Marquez now takes a slightly reduced 50-point advantage over Rossi into next weekend's Misano round. Reigning champion Jorge Lorenzo meanwhile lost further ground in the championship with a forgettable eighth place. The initial race start was red flagged after a massive accident involving Loris Baz and Pol Espargaro, who tangled on the fast approach to Turn 3 (Maggotts). Espargaro was taken away conscious but on a stretcher, with Baz - who appeared the most badly injured - able to wave his arm as he was placed into an ambulance.