The final race of the day started under the threat of rain, with a delayed start due to a shower just before the start and then a red flag on the warm-up lap, the notorious Assen weather adding some more spice in an almost impossible attempt to improve on Saturday’s racing. A shortened six-lap race eventually got underway, at the third attempt and with spots of rain still floating around, but that did not stop riders going five-wide into turn one. Mattia Casadei was the winning party out of turn one, ahead of poleman Dominique Aegerter, while Matteo Ferrari was up to third in front of Eric Granado and teammate Miquel Pons.
Casadei was quick to get a few bike lengths’ lead while Aegerter was busy fending off Ferrari over the opening lap, but the world cup leader soon closed the gap, Granado’s attack on Ferrari at turn one dropping the Italian behind both LCR machines. Granado went on to demote Aegerter by the end of the second lap and then attack Casadei into turn one at the start of the third lap, just as rain flags started waving again. The first victim of the conditions was Pons, the Spaniard losing control at turn five, with Marc Alcoba unable to avoid him and joining him in the gravel trap.
The incident left four men in the leading group, Granado ahead of Casadei, Aegerter and Ferrari, but only Aegerter managed to sneak in an overtake for second at the final chicane before the red flag came out, while Pons received some medical attention at the side of the track. The result was declared with three laps completed, Granado securing a third victory of the season and joined on the podium by Aegerter and Casadei, with Ferrari and Niccolo Canepa completing the top five.
Half points being awarded means that Aegerter’s lead in the world cup is reduced only slightly to 31.5 points over Granado, while Ferrari loses ground with a 45.5 points deficit.
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