Vinales wins maiden MotoGP in style

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Silverstone (United Kingdom) (AFP)

Spaniard Maverick Vinales rode a masterful race to secure his first ever MotoGP victory, easing to take the chequered flag in the British Grand Prix at Silverstone on Sunday.

The 21-year-old -- the 2013 Moto3 world champion -- gave Suzuki its first win in the race in this category since American Kevin Schwantz in 1994.

Vinales led home Honda's Cal Crutchlow -- the first Briton since Barry Sheene in 1977 to take pole -- with legendary Italian Valentino Rossi third on his Yamaha.

Rossi marginally reduced Marc Marquez' lead in the overall standings, the Spaniard holding a 50 point advantage over the Italian, 210 to 160.