World Supersport at Assen was free of rain, even though the edges were still damp from the early morning rain, and the grandstands were packed to the gunwales.
Kenan Sofuoglu got the best start and led by the first turn, with Florian Marino and Michael Van Der Mark right on his tail. Van Der Mark took second place at the start of the second lap and took the lead halfway round when Sofuoglu hit a wet patch and was forced back to seventh.
Van Der Mark set about lapping at record pace and teasing a gap from Marino while Marino had his own gap to build ahead of the battle of Jack Kennedy, Lorenzo Zanetti, Jules Cluzel and Kev Coghlan, a group Kenan Sofuoglu would have to claw his way through to keep his chances alive.
And claw through he did. In just two laps, Sofuoglu was up to third place and intent on catching Marino. The fight eventually took its toll with Jack Kennedy losing the front trying to take back a quick and scrappy Jules Cluzel.
The lead kept stretching, as Michael Van Der Mark just kept ticking off the laps, greeted by increasing numbers on his pit board and raucous applause from the grandstands every lap. Kenan Sofuoglu, however, was closing on Florian Marino's second place and was showing the sort of pace that kept his hopes alive.
However, this was to be Van Der Mark's day. Kenan Sofuoglu retired with a mechanical issue five laps from the end, looking at the right side of the bike and just drifting off the track slowly. Van Der Mark, earning the Magic Michael he has written on his leathers, would not slow down, maintaining his demoralising pace right to the flag where he became only the third active Supersport rider to win a race, throwing his hat firmly into the championship ring.
Florian Marino took a quiet second pace and Jules Cluzel won his race-long fight with Kev Coghlan and Lorenzo Zanetti for third. Florian Marino takes the lead in the title chase, ahead of Michael Van Der Mark, Kev Coghlan and Jules Cluzel. Title favourite Kenan Sofuoglu is back in seventh.
|1||60||M. VD MARK||Honda CBR600RR||1'38.587||251,5|
|2||21||F. MARINO||Kawasaki ZX-6R||9.494||1'38.776||250,9|
|3||16||J. CLUZEL||MV Agusta F3 675||14.988||1'39.410||255,1|
|4||88||K. COGHLAN||Yamaha YZF R6||17.131||1'38.996||253,3|
|5||26||L. ZANETTI||Honda CBR600RR||17.430||1'39.337||255,7|
|6||44||R. ROLFO||Kawasaki ZX-6R||20.266||1'39.331||251,5|
|7||5||R. TAMBURINI||Kawasaki ZX-6R||20.662||1'39.552||254,5|
|8||35||R. DE ROSA||Honda CBR600RR||21.370||1'39.658||252,1|
|9||99||P. JACOBSEN||Kawasaki ZX-6R||23.557||1'39.733||253,3|
|10||19||K. WAHR||Yamaha YZF R6||25.908||1'39.935||248,6|
|11||24||M. BUSSOLOTTI||Honda CBR600RR||26.051||1'39.839||248,0|
|12||65||V. LEONOV||MV Agusta F3 675||27.815||1'39.774||249,2|
|13||14||R. WILAIROT||Honda CBR600RR||30.450||1'39.958||250,9|
|14||84||R. RUSSO||Honda CBR600RR||39.705||1'40.194||247,4|
|15||61||F. MENGHI||Yamaha YZF R6||50.214||1'40.597||249,2|
|16||55||P. BIJSTERBOSCH||Yamaha YZF R6||1'01.685||1'41.478||245,2|
|17||7||N. CALERO||Honda CBR600RR||1'02.043||1'41.188||249,2|
|18||10||A. NOCCO||Kawasaki ZX-6R||1'02.534||1'41.300||247,4|
|19||89||F. ROGERS||Honda CBR600RR||1'21.586||1'42.128||251,5|
|20||161||A. IVANOV||Yamaha YZF R6||1 Lap||1'42.307||250,3|
|21||9||T. COVEÑA||Kawasaki ZX-6R||1 Lap||1'43.349||250,3|
|RET||54||K. SOFUOGLU||Kawasaki ZX-6R||6 Laps||1'38.749||253,3|
|RET||4||J. KENNEDY||Honda CBR600RR||10 Laps||1'39.292||248,0|
|RET||11||C. GAMARINO||Kawasaki ZX-6R||13 Laps||1'39.816||252,1|