Assen - Maverick
Vinales cruised to his first win of the season at the Dutch MotoGP in
Assen on Sunday, comfortably seeing off world champion Marc Marquez who
extended his lead at the top of the championship table.
Yamaha's 24-year-old rider took control at the 'Cathedral of Speed'
with a dozen laps to go, soon pulling clear for his sixth career MotoGP
win in his 80th race, but his first since Australia last year.
The moustachioed Vinales, who crossed the line almost five seconds
clear of Marquez, told BT Sport: "This is honestly one of the tracks I
like most in the calendar.
"I want to congratulate my team, they did a great job. I'm living my dream, it's been such a long time since my last victory!"
Marquez, who extended his championship lead despite finishing second,
said: "I knew Yamaha were very, very strong in practice, so this is like
a victory. Vinales - he deserves the win."
Pole sitter Fabio Quartararo had to settle for third after appearing
to have difficulties on his Yamaha, prolonging his wait for a first win
in the top category.
But he refused to blame his machine, telling BT Sport: "I was leading
the race for the first time, so I'm happy, can't wait for Germany (next
The Frenchman, who had set a new track record in qualifying on
Saturday, added that his "arm is a little hurting" in reference to the
surgery he required at the start of June.
Vinales's teammate, veteran Italian Valentino Rossi, failed to finish
after crashing out with Takaaki Nakagami in the early stages.
Despite missing out on the win Marquez left Assen in good spirits as
he pulled 44 points clear of Andrea Dovizioso, who took fourth on
Sunday, in the MotoGP rider's title race.
Earlier, Augusto Fernandez capitalised on Lorenzo Baldassarri wiping out Alex Marquez to claim the Dutch Moto2 Grand Prix.
The 21-year-old Spaniard was left out in front to celebrate his debut
win in the category after Baldassarri crashed into the championship
leader in the closing laps.
The pair ended up in a heap on the gravel, Marquez's hopes of a fourth consecutive win dashed.
Swiss rider Thomas Luthi who took fourth at Assen now leads the Moto2
standings on 117 points from Marquez on 111, with Fernandez in third on
Honda's Italian rider Tony Arbolino overtook Lorenzo Dalla Porta in the closing laps to claim the Moto3 race.
Jakub Kornfeil had led until a penalty for cutting a chicane saw him
eventually finish third in a race marked by a three-bike crash involving
Japanese duo Kaito Toba and Tatsuki Suzuki and Raul Fernandez of Spain.
Arbolino's second win of the season lifted him into fourth in the
Moto3 standings, 31 points behind leader Aron Canet who had to settle
Dutch MotoGP results on Sunday:
1. Maverick Vinales (ESP/Yamaha) 40min 55.415sec, 2. Marc Marquez (ESP/Honda) at 4.854sec, 3. Fabio Quartararo (FRA/Yamaha-SRT) 9.738, 4. Andrea Dovizioso (ITA/Ducati) 14.147, 5. Franco Morbidelli (ITA/Yamaha-SRT) 14.467, 6. Danilo Petrucci (ITA/Ducati) 14.794, 7. Cal Crutchlow (Honda-LCR) 18.361, 8. Joan Mir (ESP/Suzuki) 24.268, 9. Jack Miller (AUS/Ducati-Pramac) 26.496, 10. Andrea Iannone (ITA/Aprilia) 26.997
MotoGP championship standings
1. Marc Marquez (ESP/Honda) 160 pts, 2. Andrea Dovizioso (ITA/Ducati) 116, 3. Danilo Petrucci (ITA/Ducati) 108, 4. Alex Rins (ESP/Suzuki) 101, 5. Valentino Rossi (ITA/Yamaha) 72, 6. Fabio Quartararo (FRA/Yamaha-SRT) 67