Jorge Lorenzo admits there is some satisfaction to be had after seeing much of his MotoGP World Championship lead restored at the Sachsenring, just a week after it suffered a substantial set back at Assen.
Having seen his comfortable 25 point advantage wiped out by an errant Alvaro Bautista at the start of the Dutch TT a week ago, Lorenzo and Casey Stoner came into the German Grand Prix on level-pegging.
Starting from the second row in fifth position, the Yamaha rider couldn't sustain the pace of Stoner or Dani Pedrosa by the time he had fought his way up to third position.
However, just as it looked as though Casey Stoner would make the lead his own with at least a second place finish more than ten seconds up the road, a crash just corners from the chequered flag would scupper the Australian's hopes.
Promoting Lorenzo into a somewhat fortuitous second position for 20 points, though Pedrosa's win keeps his restored advantage pegged at 16 points, the 2010 champion was pleased to have the pendulum of luck swing back in his favour.
“Well, things can change completely in one race. In Holland we had a 25 point advantage then suddenly zero, one engine less and we were very disappointed. Then today we had some luck from Casey's unfortunate crash. I would have been happy to have finished in third position because today the bike and the rear tyre was not so good.
“The race was very tough; I always seem to finish second here! I would have preferred not to crash in Assen and for Casey not to crash here but that is racing sometimes. We struggled a little all weekend with the changing weather so we must be happy with the end result.”