Pedrosa wins after crash halts German GP
Dani Pedrosa ended Jorge Lorenzo's three-race winning streak with victory in the German MotoGP at Sachsenring.
The race was restarted and reduced to 21 laps after a three-bike crash on lap nine involving Randy de Puniet, Aleix Espargaro and Alvaro Bautista.
With the front two well clear, the main focus was on the race for third between Casey Stoner and Valentino Rossi.
Stoner edged it but Rossi can take immense satisfaction on his comeback after breaking his leg six weeks ago.
Pedrosa started superbly in both races, passing pole-sitter Lorenzo.
The championship leader re-took front spot on both occasions but was eventually passed by Honda rival Pedrosa on lap nine second time around.
Despite seeing his winning run coming to an end, Lorenzo said he was happy with his day's work.
"Dani had more pace than me, it was impossible to follow," the Spaniard told BBC Sport. "He did a splendid race and it was impossible to catch him - second place is very positive for the championship."
Stoner also said he was satisfied to be on the podium, having held off a spirited assault from Rossi.
MotoGP's spectacular three-bike crash (UK only)
"We thought we had faster pace but it was nothing compared to Jorge and Dani," said the Australian. "I did the best job I could.
"I thought Valentino would get past me and take off but I dragged everything I could out of the bike. Third place is something I didn't expect halfway through the race."
Rossi said he had never been so pleased with a fourth-place finish but said Stoner had only raised his game once the Italian had caught up with him.
"When he saw me, he really let loose but MotoGP needs these type of races," said Rossi. "The next time I should wear the colours of some other rider.
"If Stoner had finished behind me he would have whined like he did at [the US Grand Prix at] Laguna Seca in the past years, but this is racing."
Whilst Rossi celebrated his remarkable comeback, de Puniet experienced precisely the opposite emotion, suffering a broken tibia and fibula in his left leg as a result of his crash.
German MotoGP race result:
1 D Pedrosa (Sp) Repsol Honda 28mins 50.476secs
2 J Lorenzo (Sp) Fiat Yamaha 28:53.831
3 C Stoner (Aus) Ducati 28:55.733
4 V Rossi (It) Fiat Yamaha 28:56.099
5 A Dovizioso (It) Repsol Honda 29:07.634
6 M Simoncelli (It) San Carlo Honda Gresini 29:08.233
7 N Hayden (US) Ducati 29:08.411
8 B Spies (US) Tech 3 Yamaha 29:11.433
9 H Barbera (Sp) Aspar Ducati 29:12.476
10 M Melandri (Ita) San Carlo Gresini Honda 29:25.693
11 L Capirossi (Ita) Suzuki 29:35.518
12 A de Angelis (SM) Interwetten Honda 29:35.680
MotoGP championship standings:
1 J Lorenzo (Sp) Yamaha 185 points
2 D Pedrosa (Sp) Honda 138
3 A Dovizioso (Ita) Honda 102
4 C Stoner (Aus) Ducati 83
5 N Hayden (USA) Ducati 78
6 V Rossi (Ita) Yamaha 74
7 R de Puniet (Fr) Honda 69
8 B Spies (USA) Yamaha 67
9 M Simoncelli (Ita) Honda 49
10 M Melandri (Ita) Honda 45,
11 H Barbera (Sp) Ducati 41
12 C Edwards (USA) Yamaha 39
13 L Capirossi (Ita) Suzuki 30
14 A Espargaro (Sp) Ducati 28
15 A Bautista (Sp) Suzuki 25
16 M Kallio (FIN) Ducati 24,
17 H Aoyama (Jpn) Honda 18
18 A de Angelis (SM) Honda 4
19 K Akiyoshi (Jpn) Honda 4,
20 W Yoshikawa (Jpn) Yamaha 1
1 T Elias (Spa) Moriwaki 41 mins 57.745secs
2 A Iannone (Fra) Speed Up 42:01.042
3 R Rolfo (Ita) Suter 42:04.319
Moto2 championship standings:
1 T Elias (Spain) Moriwaki 136 points
2 T Luethi (Switzerland) Moriwaki 94
3 A Iannone (Italy) Speed Up 90
125cc race result:
1 M Marquez (Spa) Derbi 41:28.274
2 T Koyama (Jpn) Aprilia 41:45.852
3 S Cortese (Ger) Derbi 41:46.537
5 B Smith (GB) Aprilia 41:47.987
7 D Webb (GB) Aprilia 42:21.517
125cc championship standings:
1 M Marquez (Spain) Derbi 157 points
2 P Espargaro (Spain) Derbi 131
3 N Terol (Spain) Aprilia 118
4 B Smith (Britain) Aprilia 105