Batting Briton Brad Anderson made history by winning the first ever moto for the brand new European 250 two-stroke championship at the British GP at Matterley Basin. But he made it difficult on himself as he crashed on the very first lap while challenging for the lead.
Current EMX300 champ Ando was quickly back on in ninth place, but by the end of the first lap was already challenging the leaders.
He finally caught up to the leader and arch rival Mike Kras. The pair seemed to make contact in a tight corner, but both stayed on. KTM man Ando got the better of the Dutchman then eased away to win by 11 seconds.
Czech rider Vaclav Kovar took a distant and lonely third place on the Gas-Gas, while Todd Kellett came from a top ten start to finish a fantastic fourth place, just holding off Andero Lusbo at the flag.
Jamie Law was a strong seventh place, with Ben Putnam 11th, Matt Burrows 13th and Corey Hockey 15th.
Brad Todd, who had been fastest in qualifying, was one of the first into the first corner but had problems on the first lap and came around right at the back. He made a charge through the field to 22nd, one spot behind Bradley Wheeler. Charlie Putnam was 19th.
Rob Hollyoake crashed over a huge uphill jump and retired hurt.