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Maverick ends Yamaha’s GP drought

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“It feels amazing, it’s been such a difficult year for me, I can’t believe I’ve won,”

Photo: Eric Gay/AP

Spain’s Maverick Vinales made the most of an early retirement for world champion Marc Marquez to bring an end to Yamaha’s longest MotoGP winless streak with a victory in the Australian Grand Prix at Phillip Island yesterday.

The 23-year-old gave the Japanese marque a first victory in 26 races since last year’s Dutch TT at Assen, comfortably holding off a charging Andrea Iannone over the final couple of laps to take the chequered flag in 40 minutes, 51.081 seconds.

“It feels amazing, it’s been such a difficult year for me, I can’t believe I’ve won,” Vinales said.

“The bike was perfect today. When I crossed the line, there were tears in my eyes.”

Iannone finished 1.543 seconds back to take second for Suzuki ahead of his fellow Italian Andrea Doviziosoc finishing third on his Ducati. – Reuters