Crutchlow takes win down under

Cal Crutchlow took his second victory of the season with a dominant victory at Phillip Island. Valentino Rossi and Maverick Vinales completed the podium, whilst recently crowned champion Marc Marquez crashed out of first place on lap 10.

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Cal Crutchlow’s victory was his second of the season, and his first win in the dry. Image: Crash.net

The Brit had started second on the grid, but found himself being swallowed up off the line. He worked his way forward through the pack to trail Marquez before the Spaniard slid out at Honda corner. Crutchlow extended his lead over Valentino Rossi to over four seconds to take his first premier class victory in the dry.

Rossi coasted to a second place having started down in 15th, keeping well clear of the scrap behind him. Maverick Vinales tussled with his team mate and Andrea Dovizioso for third, a scrap that saw Aleix Espargaro crash out. Pol Espargaro faded after a strong start, and Jorge Lorenzo rounded off the top six.

It was a good day all round for the British riders, as Scott Redding and Bradley Smith, on his second race back from injury, finished seventh and eighth. Home rider Jack Miller finished tenth, having tussled with Nicky Hayden, who was standing in for the injured Dani Pedrosa.

Thomas Luthi took the victory in Moto2, taking him to second place in the championship, 22 points behind Johann Zarco with two rounds to go. Sam Lowes crashed out early on and Danny Kent also failed to finish. Brad Binder continued his domination of the Moto3 class with his sixth win of the season. The race had been red-flagged due to a huge multi-rider accident involving John McPhee.


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Crutchlow Second as Maverick Storms to Victory

Cal Crutchlow followed up his maiden MotoGP victory with a hard-fought second at Silverstone. The Brit held off late challenges from Marc Marquez and Valentino Rossi to secure his spot on the podium for his home Grand Prix.

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Maverick Vinales led from the start to claim his first victory in MotoGP. Image: BT Sport MotoGP

But Crutchlow was unable to stop a rampant Maverick Vinales, who secured Suzuki’s first win since Chris Vermeulen won in the wet at Le Mans in 2007. The Spaniard, who has already secured a move to Yamaha next year, eventually finished 3.5 seconds clear of his nearest challenger, but had managed to lead by just under five seconds during the race.

But the real battle was that for second place, with Crutchlow, Marquez and Rossi initially dicing it out. Andrea Iannone and Dani Pedrosa were hanging on to the back of this group, but it was the Ducati rider who managed to catch the leading trio, fighting his way through to second place. But the Italian crashed out, gifting second place back to Britain’s Crutchlow. Marc Marquez almost took out his fellow Honda rider, making contact with Crutchlow’s knee as at the end of the Hangar Straight.

Marquez managed to recover from that mistake to beat his teammate Dani Pedrosa to fourth, meaning his championship lead was only reduced by three points, down to 50.

The race had to be restarted after an incident on the first lap between Pol Espargaro and Loris Baz caused the race to be red flagged on the first lap.

Crutchlow was the only British rider to finish on the podium across the three classes. In the Premier Class, Eugene Laverty finished 12th, just ahead of Alex Lowes, who was standing in for the injured Bradley Smith. Scott Redding crashed twice, but completed the race in 17th. Sam Lowes was amongst the leading group in the Moto2, leading from Pole for most of the race, but he was taken out by Johann Zarco, gifting the victory to Thomas Luthi. The Moto3 saw John McPhee finish 18th, whilst Brad Binder extended his championship lead.


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