Dani Pedrosa took his fifth win of the 250cc World Championship today at the Sachsenring in Germany, extending his advantage in the series to 50 points.
However, the Spaniard had to overcome a collision with countryman Jorge Lorenzo on the fifth lap that bent his exhaust pipe and saw him lose ground on the lead group.
But the incident proved more costly for Lorenzo, who crashed out of the race and lost two places in the championship standings to Alex de Angelis and Hiroshi Aoyama, the next two men over the line after stunning recovery from Pedrosa.
Whilst De Angelis took a lonely second place Aoyama was forced to fight for third with Andrea Dovizioso and Sebastián Porto until the final lap.
Casey Stoner, who suffered with a hand problem, was a distant seventh place behind Randy de Puniet but the Australian remains second in the championship with a seven-point advantage over Dovizioso.
Meanwhile, Chaz Davies was forced to retire from a points scoring position with a broken spark plug.
250cc top ten - German GP:
1. Pedrosa (Honda)
2. De Angelis (Aprilia) +7.940secs
3. Aoyama (Honda) +11.171secs
4. Dovizioso (Honda) +11.346secs
5. Porto (Aprilia) +11.444secs
6. De Puniet (Aprilia) +17.536secs
7. Stoner (Aprilia) +17.949secs
8. Barbera (Honda) +22.193secs
9. Takahashi (Honda) +42.288secs
10. West (KTM) +42.696secs
Davies (Aprilia) DNF