Fabien Foret leads the championship and starts the race from third place behind the seething rivalry of Sam Lowes and Kenan Sofuoglu.
A race that started of as a scrap, settled to a relaxed affair in the middle and ended up as a typical Assen fight. World Supersport gave us the fight we wanted to see and even the local rookie made good from a bad lot.
Kenan Sofuoglu grabbed first place at turn one, followed by Sam Lowes and Florian Marino, while Fabien Foret slugged it out with Jack Kennedy. The race quickly settled into a pattern, after a typical Foret block pass on Kennedy to settle third and fourth places, with Sofuoglu and Lowes foxtrotting in unison at the front.
The fight for fifth place continued to be the featured event until Kenan Sofuoglu went a little wide, gifting Sam Lowes with the lead. This gave Fabien Foret the inspiration he needed to break free of Jack Kennedy and hunt down the front pair. At the back, Michael Van Der Mark scythed through the pack to catch a glimpse of the front of the fight for eighth place, with Luca Scassa, Florian Marino and Roberto Rolfo ahead.
As Sofuoglu regained the lead, Van Der Mark closed the gap to 7th. Lowes was able to keep on Sofuoglu's rear wheel as they broke free from Foret.
The duel at the front came down to Kenan Sofuoglu and Sam Lowes and as Sofuoglu turned up the pace in an attempt to break free, but it was not to be. As Foret settled for third, Luca Scassa crashed out, presenting Van Der Mark with a fifth place from which he could begin his assault on Jack Kennedy, posting fastest laps in his pursuit, eventually finishing the race in fourth place as Lowes and Sofuoglu swapped places a few times.
On the last lap, with third and fourth places settled six seconds behind, the win was not certain for either man. Lowes tried to break away, but on the last lap, Sofuoglu tried overtakes at several corners, eventually getting one to stick. As they headed to the chicane, it was obvious we would be rewarded to a duel at the chicane. Even the back markers were nowhere to be seen on the last lap.
Sam Lowes pushed through cleanly at the beginning of the chicane as Kenan Sofuoglu used his greater drive exiting to the line, exploiting the fact that if you make a run at the chicane, you run wide. While Sam Lowes won, he did so by only two hundredths of a second in a finish that reminds us why Assen is The Cathedral.
Fabien Foret retains his championship lead over Michael Van Der Mark but third place is now shared by Sam Lowes and Kenan Sofuoglu.
1. Sam Lowes (Yakhnich Motorsport) Yamaha YZF R6 34'51.011
2. Kenan Sofuoglu (MAHI Racing Team India) Kawasaki ZX-6R 34'51.037
3. Fabien Foret (MAHI Racing Team India) Kawasaki ZX-6R 34'58.239
4. Michael Vd Mark (Pata Honda World Supersport) Honda CBR600RR 35'09.938
5. Florian Marino (Kawasaki Intermoto Ponyexpres) Kawasaki ZX-6R 35'10.015
6. Roberto Rolfo (ParkinGo MV Agusta Corse) MV Agusta F3 675 35'10.190
7. Jack Kennedy (Rivamoto) Honda CBR600RR 35'10.785
8. Kev Coghlan (Kawasaki DMC-Lorenzini Team) Kawasaki ZX-6R 35'13.512
9. Andrea Antonelli (Team Goeleven) Kawasaki ZX-6R 35'19.464
10. Lorenzo Zanetti (Pata Honda World Supersport) Honda CBR600RR 35'20.038
11. Christian Iddon (ParkinGo MV Agusta Corse) MV Agusta F3 675 35'20.431
12. Vladimir Leonov (Yakhnich Motorsport) Yamaha YZF R6 35'25.514
13. Massimo Roccoli (Team Pata by Martini) Yamaha YZF R6 35'26.432
14. Riccardo Russo (Puccetti Racing Kawasaki) Kawasaki ZX-6R 35'26.497
15. Vladimir Ivanov (Kawasaki DMC-Lorenzini Team) Kawasaki ZX-6R 35'28.014
16. Gabor Talmacsi (Prorace) Honda CBR600RR 35'29.480
17. Raffaele De Rosa (Team Lorini) Honda CBR600RR 35'30.309
18. Mathew Scholtz (Suriano Racing Team) Suzuki GSX-R600 35'31.147
19. Alex Schacht (Racing Team Toth) Honda CBR600RR 35'55.933
20. Kevin Van Leuven (United Gebben Racing) Yamaha YZF R6 35'56.104
21. Nacho Calero Perez (Honda PTR) Honda CBR600RR 35'56.517
22. David Linortner (Team Honda PTR) Honda CBR600RR 36'06.548
23. Mitchell Carr (AARK Racing) Triumph 675 R 36'25.983
24. Dino Lombardi (Pata by Martini Team) Yamaha YZF R6 35'03.301
25. Yves Polzer (Team MRC Austria) Honda CBR600RR 35'24.756
26. Roberto Tamburini (Suriano Racing Team) Suzuki GSX-R600 35'11.721
RT. Luca Scassa (Kawasaki Intermoto Ponyexpres) Kawasaki ZX-6R 25'08.290
RT. Matt Davies (Team Honda PTR) Honda CBR600RR 18'04.653
RT. Alex Baldolini (Team Lorini) Honda CBR600RR 13'43.824
RT. Balazs Nemeth (Complus SMS Racing) Honda CBR600RR 13'48.329
NS. Sheridan Morais (PTR Honda) Honda CBR600RR
NS. Luca Marconi (PTR Honda) Honda CBR600RR