Quartararo extends MotoGP lead with UK win

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Yamaha's Fabio Quartararo has stormed to victory at the British Grand Prix at Silverstone, claiming his fifth win of the season to extend his MotoGP world championship lead.

The French rider, who started from third on the grid, took the lead on lap five and opened up a three-second gap on the chasing pack before cruising home in style to tighten his grip on this season's title.

The victory extended Quartararo's lead over Suzuki's reigning world champion Joan Mir, who finished ninth, to 65 points.

"I can take more risks now, what I want to do is fight for victories," Quartararo said.

"With a 65 point lead I don't need to think about the championship."

It marked Quartararo's 18th podium finish in the top category, level with Christian Sarron for the most achieved by a Frenchman.

Quartararo has finished in the points for 13 consecutive races.

Mir's Suzuki teammate Alex Rins came second for his first podium finish of the season.

Aprilia Racing Team Gresini's Aleix Espargaro held off Australia's Jack Miller on the final lap to place third and claim his team's first ever MotoGP podium.

"It's like a dream. I'm super happy," Espargaro said.

"I always believed in the project. I want to enjoy the moment but, believe me, I want more and more."

Pole sitter Pol Espargaro took the lead at the start of the race, with his brother Aleix close behind in second, before Quartararo made his move and began pulling clear.

Pol finished fifth.

Honda's six-times premier-class winner Marc Marquez crashed out in the first lap along with Pramac Ducati's rookie rider Jorge Martin after a collision between the two.

"I want to apologise to Martin because it was completely my fault," Marquez said.

"It was the first lap and I was too optimistic. I apologise to Martin and the Pramac team, but races are sometimes like this and today it was my mistake."

Valentino Rossi, chasing a double century of podium finishes and a fifth in six races at Silverstone, finished 16th.

The British Grand Prix proved to be an historic race - for the first time in MotoGP, there were six different manufacturers in the top six.

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