MotoGP: Eugene Laverty finishes 12th at Silverstone

Eugene Laverty
Eugene Laverty

Eugene Laverty suffered double misfortune as he finished down in 12th in the British MotoGP on Sunday.

The Aspar Ducati rider from Toomebridge made a brilliant start, going from sixth to second, only for the race at Silverstone to be red-flagged.

Laverty was later clipped by Stefan Bradl and forced off, leaving him in 18th before he recovered to take four points and stay 11th in the series.

Maverick Vinales won ahead of Britain's Cal Crutclow and Valentino Rossi.

Vinales dominated to take victory while British pole-starter Crutchlow held off both championship leader Marc Marquez and Rossi on the final lap.

Andrea Iannone had threatened to take a podium place but crashed with five laps remaining.

The race was red-flagged and restarted after a first-lap crash involving Loris Baz and Pol Espargaro.

It was Laverty's first MotoGP race since announcing he will return to the World Superbike Championship in 2017.