World champion Jorge Lorenzo has closed the gap on Casey Stoner at the top of the MotoGP world championship standings after claiming his third victory of the season at the San Marino Grand Prix on Sunday.
American rider Ben Spies claimed his first race victory in motorcycling's elite class on Saturday, but his team Yamaha's 50th anniversary celebrations were spoiled by a crash involving world champion Jorge Lorenzo.
Spanish rider Dani Pedrosa suffered a broken collarbone after crashing out of a practice session for the Grand Prix of Japan on Friday, effectively handing the MotoGP world title to compatriot Jorge Lorenzo.
Valentino Rossi's hopes of retaining his MotoGP title were shattered on Saturday when the nine-time world champion motorcyclist suffered a horrific crash in a practice session for his home race in Italy.
Colin Edwards snatched pole position for Sunday's China Grand Prix with a stunning last-gasp lap record, while MotoGP joint series leader Jorge Lorenzo made a surprise outing after injury to earn a place on the second row of the grid.