Dominant Vinales storms to Malaysian MotoGP victory

The Monster Energy Yamaha rider steadily extended his lead over the rest of the pack and never looked threatened

by AFP/ pic by AFP

SPAIN’S Maverick Vinales (picture) stormed to a dominant victory in the Malaysian MotoGP yesterday as world champion Marc Marquez fought his way from near the back of the starting grid to finish second.

Ducati rider Andrea Dovizioso came in third but there was disappointment for French rookie Fabio Quartararo, who only managed a lacklustre seventh-place after starting from pole.

Vinales dominated at the Sepang circuit from the outset, quickly breaking through the pack and taking the lead from the early stages after starting second on the grid.

The Monster Energy Yamaha rider steadily extended his lead over the rest of the pack and never looked threatened.

Vinales had a lead of about two seconds over Marquez soon after the halfway mark of the 20-lap race and he finished over three seconds in front.

It was a major boost for Vinales following last week’s Australian MotoGP, where he crashed out after leading for much of the race — and handed victory to compatriot Marquez.

The 24-year-old’s second victory of the season leaves him in third place in the overall standings, with one race remaining.

The MotoGP in tropical Malaysia has often been disrupted by torrential downpours in previous years but the rain stayed away this year for the whole weekend.

In the Moto2 class, Alex Marquez — Marc’s younger brother — was crowned world champion after finishing second in yesterday’s race.