Assen WorldSBK: Aegerter takes WorldSSP double win

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Dominique Aegerter (Ten Kate Racing Yamaha) once again scored a race win after his wait and attack strategy paid off with another full points score.

As his big championship rival Steven Odendaal (BARDAHL Evan Bros. WorldSSP Yamaha) crashed out and then got restarted to finish 13th, Aegerter left the Netherlands - the home round for his Ten Kate team - with a 44 point championship lead.

Early race leader Philipp Öttl (Kawasaki Puccetti Racing) finished second and was the only rider able to follow Aegerter up to half race distance. He settled for second place but was very nearly caught by the chasing Randy Krummenacher (EAB Racing Team) who scored his first podium of the year in third place.

Öttl had once again chosen the X rear tyre and it dropped off in pure performance at the end, as well as spinning on the rim and going out of balance. He was just 0.422 seconds ahead of Krummenacher over the finish line.

Luca Bernardi (CM Racing Yamaha) initially scored fourth place but ran Can Öncü (Kawasaki Puccetti Racing) off the track in passing him on the last lap, with the Turkish rider finally ranked seventh.

Having already been warned about exceeding track limits during the race, however, Bernardi was dropped one position and officially finished fifth.

Fourth, finally, was Jules Cluzel (GMT94 Yamaha), fifth Bernardi and sixth Manuel Gonzalez (Yamaha ParkinGo Team).
Niki Tuuli (MV Agusta Corse Clienti) was eighth and first MV home, with Marc Alcoba (Yamaha MS Racing) ninth and Vertti Takala (Kallio Racing Yamaha) tenth.

In the championship Aegerter has 169 points, Odendaal 125 and Öttl 108. Next round Most, a new track for WorldSBK and WorldSSP, in the Czech Republic in two week’s time.