Maverick Vinales has claimed his first MotoGP victory - and the first for Suzuki since 2007 - with a dominant performance in the British MotoGP at Silverstone.

The Spaniard broke away early in the restarted race and never looked back, pulling a near five-second lead as a thrilling fight developed behind him.

Suzuki hasn't won a race since Chris Vermeulen at Le Mans in 2007, with it's last pure dry win back in 2000 with Kenny Roberts Jr. Rising star Vinales is the fourth new race winner of the season and seventh different winner so far.

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.

British MotoGP:1.Maverick Vi?ales2.Cal Crutchlow3.Valentino Rossi4.Marc Marquez5.Dani Pedrosa6.Andrea Dovizioso7.Aleix Espargaro8.Jorge Lorenzo9.Danilo Petrucci10.Alvaro Bautista11.Yonny Hernandez12.Eugene Laverty13.Alex Lowes14.Hector Barbera15.Tito Rabat16.Jack Miller17.Scott Redding
Andrea Iannone
Stefan Bradl
Loris Baz
Pol Espargaro

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