Randy de Puniet's Dutch TT began with an unintended wheelie from second on the grid and ended with a final turn attack on factory Honda rider Andrea Dovizioso.
The LCR Honda rider couldn't quite extract fifth position from the Italian and thus claimed his third sixth-place in succession, a result that means he also holds sixth in the championship and remains the top satellite rider.
“After a positive qualifying lap time, I got a bad a start from the second spot because I dropped the clutch too quickly and had a big wheelie, but after that I overtook many riders in the first run,” recalled de Puniet, who finished the first lap in sixth.
“Unfortunately I had some issues on the front tyre at the beginning of the race so I decided to change my riding style a little bit to keep the pace. Then in the middle of the race I caught Dovizioso and Spies, starting a close battle and I had fun.
“In the last lap I tried to overtake Dovi again but went too wide in the last corner. Anyway we are very pleased about this result and this weekend because we maintain our sixth position in the classification.”
Ben Spies was the top satellite rider for the second race in a row and is now seven points behind de Puniet heading into next weekend's Catalunya round.