Chaz Davies raced to a dominant victory in Germany on Saturday in a race in which the championship was shaken up by Jonathan Rea's retirement.
Davies made a flying start from pole position to lead ahead of Tom Sykes and Rea, who jumped from sixth to third on the opening lap.
Davies immediately began to build up an advantage over the Kawasaki pairing, pulling away at almost a second per lap.
Checking out the front, all eyes turned to the battle for the podium which on lap 7 became a fight between Sykes and Lorenzo Savadori as Rea was thrown from his Kawasaki.
The championship leader rejoined down in 22nd place but was soon off the track again and headed back into the pits with a definite probably with his bike – it looked to be a shifting issue. It was Rea's second DNF in as many races.
A lap later Savadori was out of the battle as he too suffered problems while one lap after that Markus Reiterberger retired with a technical problem.
Midway through the 21-lap race Davies was leading by seven seconds over Sykes, who was two ahead of Nicky Hayden and Jordi Torres.
Hayden tried to hunt down Sykes, taking tenths out of the former World Champ's advantage only for Sykes to take it back time on the next lap. But heading into the penultimate lap he finally made inroads, just 0.9s behind Sykes.
As Davies romped to an unchallenged victory, taking the 25 points by a comfortably margin of 10 seconds, it was Sykes who finished second to close the gap to Rea to 26 points in the title race. Hayden was third for Honda.
Torres was fourth as he held off a late challenge from Leon Camier while Michael van der Mark was sixth.
Davide Giugliano, Alex Lowes, Sylvain Guintoli and Xavi Fores completed the top ten.
1 Chaz Davies Aruba.it Racing Ducati 1199R 21 laps
2 Tom Sykes Kawasaki Racing ZX-10R 10.561
3 Nicky Hayden Honda Racing CBR1000RR 11.536
4 Jordi Torres Althea BMW S1000RR 12.493
5 Leon Camier MV Agusta RC F4 RR 12.965
6 Michael van der Mark Honda Racing CBR1000RR 18.863
7 Davide Giugliano Aruba.it Racing Ducati 1199R 18.970
8 Alex Lowes PATA Crescent Yamaha R1 27.395
9 Sylvain Guintoli PATA Crescent Yamaha R1 33.221
10 Xavi Fores Barni Ducati 1199R 33.459
11 Anthony West Pedercini Kawasaki ZX-10R 46.665
12 Alex de Angelis IodaRacing Aprilia RSV4 62.000
13 Roman Ramos GO Eleven Kawasaki ZX-10R 65.734
14 Josh Brookes Milwaukee BMW S1000RR 65.890
15 Luca Scassa VFT Racing Ducati Panigale R 74.908
16 Dominic Schmitter Grillini Kawasaki ZX-10R 84.523
17 Pawel Szkopek Team Toth Yamaha R1 93.495
18 Peter Sebestyen Team Toth Yamaha R1 1 lap
19 Gianluca Vizziello Grillini Kawasaki ZX-10R 1 lap
Did not finish
Saeed al Sulaiti Pedercini Kawasaki ZX-10R
Markus Reiterberger Althea BMW S1000RR
Lorenzo Savadori IodaRacing Aprilia RSV4
Jonathan Rea Kawasaki Racing ZX-10R
Karel Abraham Milwaukee BMW S1000RR