A terrifying start of the British MotoGP race, with Pol Espargero and Loris Baz crashing hard in turn one. Both riders skidded through the grass and bikes flying through the air it was a miracle none of the other riders got hit. The race was red flagged soon after.
Fortunately both Baz and Espargero seemed to be okay, though Baz was taken by ambulance to an emergency check-up.
We could also see Marquez’s front wheel touch the back of Scott Redding’s bike, with Mark thanking his skills to keep himself on the bike.
After the second start of the race Viñales made another amazing start, first at T1 and from there on he never looked back. Leading the competition by half a second per lap he was quickly gaining ground and a very comfortable lead, which he held until the end of the race.
The chase group however was a lot more diverse with Cal Crutchlow jumping up and down through the rankings from second to fifth and back to second after a mistake by Mark Marquez with just a handful of laps to go.
Valentino and Mark were also engaged in a very aggressive battle but luckily nobody got hurt, this time.
Too bad for Iannone but as luck had it, he made another mistake causing him to fall, fourth time this weekend.
In the end, Rossi finished third, with home turf favourite Cal Crutchlow in second and Maverick Viñales scoring his first MotoGP victory. This was also the first victory for Suzuki after Le Mans in 2007.
As for Jorge Lorenzo, he seemed lost during the whole race, even though the conditions were dry, the reigning world champion finished 8th, almost 20 second behind the race winner.
We can already see the grumpy faces at Suzuki after realizing the talent they let go to Yamaha. Iannone, who again failed to finish the race, will be picking up the premier spot with Suzuki in the next season, yet I believe not too many are impressed at the moment.
Silverstone MotoGP 2016 results:
1. Maverick Viñales ESP Team Suzuki Ecstar (GSX-RR) 39m 3.559s
2. Cal Crutchlow GBR LCR Honda (RC213V) 39m 7.039s
3. Valentino Rossi ITA Movistar Yamaha MotoGP (YZR-M1) 39m 7.622s
4. Marc Marquez ESP Repsol Honda Team (RC213V) 39m 9.551s
5. Dani Pedrosa ESP Repsol Honda Team (RC213V) 39m 9.940s
6. Andrea Dovizioso ITA Ducati Team (Desmosedici GP) 39m 15.862s
7. Aleix Espargaro ESP Team Suzuki Ecstar (GSX-RR) 39m 20.231s
8. Jorge Lorenzo ESP Movistar Yamaha MotoGP (YZR-M1) 39m 22.991s
9. Danilo Petrucci ITA Octo Pramac Yakhnich (Desmosedici GP15) 39m 29.177s
10. Alvaro Bautista ESP Factory Aprilia Gresini (RS-GP) 39m 35.643s
11. Yonny Hernandez COL Aspar MotoGP Team (Desmosedici GP14.2) 39m 39.690s
12. Eugene Laverty IRL Aspar MotoGP Team (Desmosedici GP14.2) 39m 42.689s
13. Alex Lowes GBR Monster Yamaha Tech 3 (YZR-M1) 39m 43.702s
14. Hector Barbera ESP Avintia Racing (Desmosedici GP14.2) 39m 44.915s
15. Tito Rabat ESP Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS (RC213V)* 39m 45.502s
16. Jack Miller AUS Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS (RC213V) 39m 51.169s
17. Scott Redding GBR Octo Pramac Yakhnich (Desmosedici GP15) 40m 59.736s
Andrea Iannone ITA Ducati Team (Desmosedici GP) DNF
Stefan Bradl GER Factory Aprilia Gresini (RS-GP) DNF
Loris Baz FRA Avintia Racing (Desmosedici GP14.2) DNS
Pol Espargaro ESP Monster Yamaha Tech 3 (YZR-M1) DNS