The world champion, Casey Stoner, handed the initiative in the MotoGP title race to Jorge Lorenzo, after crashing on the last lap of the German Grand Prix at Sachsenring. Stoner's Repsol Honda team-mate, Dani Pedrosa, took his first win of the season.
Stoner slid off the track with only a handful of corners to go. Lorenzo came through to take second and establish a 14-point lead at the top of the standings; Andrea Dovizioso was third.
Lorenzo said: "We have luck from Casey's crash today. I would have been happy to finish third as the bike was not so good, but we were lucky."
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