Maverick Viñales ends Yamaha’s drought with a win in Australia

Maverick Viñales ends Yamaha’s drought with a win in Australia

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Maverick Viñales
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Maverick Viñales ended Yamaha’s drought with a spectacular victory in the Australian MotoGP Grand prix at Phillip Island.

VIñales didn’t have the start he had hoped for from second on the front row and slotted into tenth position after the first corners

At the end of the first lap he started to climb his way back up the ranking order, and on lap 3 he moved into eighth position. He remained there for a while, but was looking comfortable.

Drama happened with 21 laps to go, when Johann Zarco and Marc Márquez collided. Unaffected by the incident, the Factory Yamaha rider used the moment to launch his attack. He smoothly fought his way through the rider field to take the lead on lap 8. From that moment on he did exactly as he predicted yesterday: he put his head down, lapping 1‘29s laps, to break away at the front.

Towards the end of the race the Spaniard had a comfortable advantage of over 4s, allowing him to have a bit of a breather over the last five laps. He didn‘t put a foot wrong and secured a fantastic victory, with a 1.543s margin over his closest rival.

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