Rookie Scott Redding did his hopes of graduating to a factory class bike for MotoGP 2015 no harm by finishing just 3.5s behind Gresini Honda team-mate Alvaro Bautista's RC213V I Sunday's Sachsenring race.
Riding the Open class RCV1000R, Redding was just 18th at the end of a chaotic first lap - which began with Redding among the 14 riders starting from pit lane - then carved his way through the field to a peak of ninth at the midway stage.
Factory class riders Pol Espargaro (Tech 3 Yamaha) and Bautista demoted Redding during the remaining laps but the Englishman kept pace to the end, taking the chequered flag 1.1s from Cal Crutchlow's factory Ducati.
“Today was good for me,” said Redding. “From the start I thought it was going to be all about trying to beat Nicky Hayden [for top Open Honda honours], like every race, but I pushed as soon as we were released from pit lane and I was quite fast, even compared to the factory bikes.
“I took a lot of risks on the wet parts of the track early on, because I had to if I was going to stay with the guys in front. I was feeling quite comfortable and I remained reasonably strong when the rear tyre started to go off.
“Even when Pol Espargaro came past me I managed to stay with him for two or three laps and it was the same with my team-mate, Alvaro. I leave here happy, because I gave everything today.”
Redding, second to only Aleix Espargaro in the Open class, finished as the top Production Honda by over seven-seconds from Hiroshi Aoyama (Aspar).