Tech 3 riders Marco Melandri
and Norick Abe
went out in much more spectacular fashion on lap 21 after the seventh placed Italian ran wide at high speed and was pitched off from his M1, which then went straight into Abe's path.
The Japanese clipped Melandri's machine, throwing him high in the air and the pair then tumbled deep into the Sachsenring gravel. Both are believed to be ok.
Ducati Marlboro suffered similar disappointment as both Loris Capirossi
and Troy Bayliss crashed out in separate incidents less than a lap apart - and with Capirossi having just inherited third place following Gibernau's error.
All of which helped the lone remaining Telefonica Honda of Colin Edwards
to advance to fifth by the flag, just ahead of top Bridgestone rider Makoto Tamada, while Shinya Nakano
equalled Kawasaki's best finish of the season with seventh in the team's home race.
Kenny Roberts dropped to eighth at the flag, one place clear of team-mate John Hopkins, while home hero Alex Hofmann
brought his ZX-RR to the flag in tenth. Ruben Xaus (d'Antin), Jeremy McWilliams
(Aprilia), Neil Hodgson (d'Antin), Shane Byrne (Aprilia) and Michel Fabrizio (WCM) completed the point scorers.
The ninth round of the 2004 world championship, the British Grand Prix, takes place next weekend.
German Grand Prix:
8. Kenny Roberts