"It was disappointing but the first goal for me was to make it safe for all the other riders," Spies said. "In the way the engine blew, there was a lot of smoke. I was trying to get out of the way of everybody else. At that point, I wasn't even frustrated, I was in disbelief that that much bad luck could happen that way."
Stoner's race was even more impressive, given the injuries.
He started sixth, dropped to seventh and moved up as high as third until Dovizioso passed him with four laps to go. At the time, they still trailed Pedrosa by nearly 19 seconds.
Stoner did not talk after the race, which was relatively clean by this weekend's standards.
Italy's Mattia Pasini and Britain's Cal Crutchlow both crashed early. They were not injured.
Three other drivers — France's Randy de Puniet and Italians Michele Pirro and Danilo Patrice all retired before the midway point of the race — and nobody could contest Pedrosa's dominance.
"Toward the end was more easy, I think because Jorge with his soft tires, he had more problems," Pedrosa said. "So I could keep more easily my pace and the other bike was working well. You never know before these races but today, we had a good race."
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