After a hard fought battle, it was Leon Haslam – JG Speedfit Kawasaki – who took the victory in race one of the Assen round, which also helped him to extend his championship lead.
It was McAMS Yamaha rider James Ellison who got the holeshot from pole position, with Leon Haslam in second and Christian Iddon – Tyco BMW – in third. Ellison controlled the race for the early laps until Sylvain Guintoli charged into first place after starting from the third row of the grid in 8th. He took the lead on the 9th lap as Ellison dropped back to third place.
Whilst the front pack were battling it out, Be Wiser Ducati rider Shane Byrne closed in on the leading trio after starting the race from 16th position.
In the closing stages of the race, it was Haslam who managed to get a lead whilst the others behind him battled it out for second place, allowing both Josh Brookes and Bradley Ray to close in on the leading group. By the end of the race, Haslam had managed to pull a 1.9s lead over 2nd place man Shane Byrne and Ellison held third place across the line by 0.054s after fighting Guintoli for the remaining laps.
The fastest lap of the race went to Shane Byrne on the fourth lap of the race with a time of 1:36.984s
Results (top 5):
1. Leon Haslam – JG Speedfit Kawasaki -29.25.265
2. Shane Byrne – Be Wiser Ducati – +1.992s
3. James Ellison – McAMS Yamaha – +2.591s
4. Sylvain Guintoli – Bennetts Suzuki – +2.655s
5. Josh Brookes – Anvil Hire TAG Yamaha – +2.717s