VNE Snipers Honda man Tony Arbolino held off Lorenzo Dalla Porta to claim his second win of 2019 in a chaotic Moto3 race at Assen which saw lead group of over 20 riders for the majority of the race.
It was pole sitter Nico Antonelli who got off the line best, as the race somewhat settled down, the Honda Team Asia, in their special Honda livery, riders of Ai Ogura and Kaito Toba features prominently along with Antonelli at the front of the race.
With a lead group of twenty riders, overtakes were a plenty, with multiple riders often taking to the astro strip at the Geert Timmer chicane leaving them with long lap penalties.
The most high profile of those that found themselves having to take a long lap was Jakub Kornfiel. With four laps to go, the Czech rider found himself out front with gap of about ten bike lengths from second placed Dalla Porta when the punishment was handed down from race direction for cutting the final corner. Choosing not to serve his penalty until the three laps from the end, Kornfiel had not only see his lead from Dalla Porta evaporate, but also had Tony Arbolino to deal with.
After taking his penalty, Kornfiel’s victory chances were over, however he did slot back in ahead of the chasing group to keep hold of third.
Back at the front of the race, Dalla Porta and Arbolino were battling it out for the victory. The Leopard man held off Arbolino for the majority of the final lap, however, Arbolino slid under his compatriot into the Ramshook, before placing himself perfect through the final chicane to out drag and hold on to the win by just 0.045 seconds.
Gabi Rodrigo was fourth fighting through after a disappointing Saturday, with John McPhee doing his own recovery job, bringing his Petronas SRT bike home in fifth place.
Ogura was sixth, with Marcos Ramirez, Nico Antonelli, Dennis Foggia and Alonso Lopez rounding out the top ten. Romano Fenati was eleventh, and will be disappointed not to have had a bigger say at the end of the race, after spending the early stages of the race right at the sharp end of the field. Aron Canet will be equally disappointed with his twelfth, after never showing the pace to run with the leaders from the off.
Canet remains the leader of the World Championship, however his lead from Dalla Porta is down from 23 points to just seven.