Vi­nales storms to vic­tory

Muscat Daily - - SPORTS -


Spain's Mav­er­ick Vi­nales stormed to a dom­i­nant vic­tory in the Malaysian Mo­toGP Sun­day 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's sec­ond win of the sea­son was a ma­jor boost fol­low­ing last week's Aus­tralian Mo­toGP, where he crashed out af­ter lead­ing for much of the race - and com­pa­triot Mar­quez went on to win.

The Monster En­ergy Yamaha rider said the vic­tory felt 'amaz­ing' af­ter his dis­ap­point­ing per­for­mance in Phillip Is­land.

"In Phillip Is­land, I felt like I had the vic­tory in my hands but I made a mis­take and I crashed," he told re­porters at the Sepang cir­cuit fol­low­ing the penul­ti­mate race of the sea­son.

“Here all week­end I've been very con­sis­tent. I knew if I got first place I had a chance to push, push and push."

The 24 year old surged into an early lead at Sepang af­ter

start­ing sec­ond on the grid and never looked threat­ened. By the half­way mark, he had opened up a two sec­ond lead over sec­ond-placed Mar­quez, and was over three sec­onds ahead of him when he crossed the fin­ish line. Mar­quez's per­for­mance was even more as­ton­ish­ing, how­ever, af­ter he started 11th on the grid fol­low­ing a ter­ri­fy­ing crash in qual­i­fy­ing that saw him thrown from his bike. Within a few laps the Rep­sol Honda rider, who was crowned world cham­pion for the sixth time last month, had smashed his way through the pack and was try­ing to chase down Vi­nales.

While he did not man­age to catch his com­pa­triot, Mar­quez nev­er­the­less opened up a size­able gap with the rest of the field and cruised to a com­fort­able sec­ond place.

Vi­nales with the tro­phy

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