Ben Spies scored his first MotoGP victory in the Dutch TT at Assen on Saturday after his Yamaha teammate Jorge Lorenzo and Marco Simoncelli collided on the first lap of the race.
The American, often described as the "fifth alien," became the first new winner in MotoGP since Andrea Dovizioso won in the rain at Donington in 2009. The 26-year-old Texan, on his 28th start in the top class, dominated the race following the accident which occurred at Turn 4, the tight left-hander, which spread out the field a little.
Poleman Simoncelli, clearly didn't intend to take out the series champion, who has in the past indicated his concern for the Italian's robust approach to overtaking, but as Simoncelli threw his Gresini Honda down the inside of the wide Lorenzo, the back end of his back snapped out and collected the Yamaha.
It was a slow-speed tumble, and both riders got back on, but the resulting chaos saw Spies get a jump on the field. By the time they reached the startline for lap two, the former World Superbike champion was three seconds down the road and into a lead he wouldn't relinquish.
Behind him Stoner and Dovizioso engaged in a brief battle for second before the Australian gained the upper hand and began chasing Spies. He reduced the gap down to 3.5sec by lap nine, before Spies began to retaliate and re-establised his advantage.
Stoner's front tire appeared to struggle as the race went on and the championship leader seemingly settled for second ahead of a distant Dovizioso.
Valentino Rossi was fourth having initially been kept honest by an impressive Cal Crutchlow, though the Briton was disappointingly forced to pit with a shredded front tire. The Ducati superstar then had an easy run to the flag ahead of his teammate Nicky Hayden.
In sixth place, was Lorenzo, who proved not only that the Yamaha was the bike to have on the cold asphalt of Assen, but that he might well have won the race without interference from flying Italians, his recovery being the highlight of an otherwise dull race.
Colin Edwards was seventh ahead of Hiroshi Aoyama and Toni Elias. Simoncelli completed the top 10 on a bike that appeared to be disintegrating by the lap.
Alvaro Bautista, Hector Barbera, Kousuke Akiyoshi and Crutchlow completed the runners, with both Randy de Puniet and Karel Abraham were fallers, the latter breaking a finger in the process.
Results - 26 laps:
Pos Rider Team/Bike Time/Gap
1. Ben Spies Yamaha 41m44.659s
2. Casey Stoner Honda + 7.697s
3. Andrea Dovizioso Honda + 27.506s
4. Valentino Rossi Ducati + 30.684s
5. Nicky Hayden Ducati + 43.172s
6. Jorge Lorenzo Yamaha + 44.536s
7. Colin Edwards Tech 3 Yamaha + 1m08.112s
8. Hiroshi Aoyama Honda + 1m10.753s
9. Marco Simoncelli Gresini Honda + 1m24.925s
10. Toni Elias LCR Honda + 1m26.216s
11. Alvaro Bautista Suzuki + 1m38.466s
12. Hector Barbera Aspar Ducati + 1 lap
13. Kousuke Akiyoshi Gresini Honda + 1 lap
14. Cal Crutchlow Tech 3 Yamaha + 2 laps
Karel Abraham Cardion Ducati 1 lap
Randy de Puniet Pramac Ducati 0 laps