Jorge Martin took the lead of the Moto3 World Championship after winning in Assen as previous leader Marco Bezzecchi crashedout on the final lap.
The pole sitter took the whole shot off the line and tried to break away from the rest of the field before they could latch on. Despite putting a second into the chasing group, Martin was joined by Aron Canet, Enea Bastianini, John McPhee and Bezzecchi.
The front five then set about a typically cat and mouse Moto3 race with all five riders constantly changing position and working each other out throughout the lap, all perfectly aware that the race would come down to the final laps.
The heat started to turn up when Martin went back to the front of the race with three laps to go and really put the hammer down. A perfect lap stretched the chasing group out with two laps to go, putting over a second and a half into the following quartet.
With a lap and a half to go, McPhee lost the front end of his KTM and crashed out of fifth position at turn seven, then a lap later the Bezzecchi high sided coming into the final sector, crashing out of fourth place. With his DNF coupled with Martin’s win, the Spaniard now leads the Italian by just two points.
With the win tied up, Canet managed to slide under Bastianini into the final Geert Timmer chicane to secure second position with the Italian having to settle for third position.
Jaume Masia was fourth and the ‘best of the rest’ after just holding off Jakub Kornfiel in the final corner. Lorenzo Dalla Porta was sixth with Darryn Binder, Gabi Rodrigo, Fabio Di Giannantonio and Marcos Ramirez rounding out the top ten.
The stewards were busy with time penalties handed out to multiple riders for not losing sufficient time into the final chicane, something the riders in other classes will have to be aware of this afternoon.