By Lisa Lewis
Tuenti HP 40 rider Pol Espargaro secured his third win of the year at Assen on Saturday, all having come from pole starts. By finishing ahead of Scott Redding he also achieved his first back-to-back wins since moving up to Moto2.
The championship contenders started their race long duel from the moment the lights went out and tested each other for the duration. Redding attempted to make a break with three laps to go but could not drop Espargaro who moved ahead at just the right time on the final lap to reduce the championship points gap to 30 behind his British rival.
Dominique Aegerter, who briefly lead the race in the early stages, finished third for the Technomag carXpert team from a tenth place start after fighting back past the lead duo's team-mates with Mika Kallio just off the podium in fourth and Tito Rabat in fifth. It is Aegerter's second career podium.
Johann Zarco had to settle for sixth place for the IodaRacing Project ahead of Xavier Simeon for Desguaces La Torre Maptaq in seventh.
Eighth went to Interwetten Paddock rider Tom Luthi who beat Aspar's Jordi Torres to the line in ninth- he outclassed his team-mate Nico Terol who struggled to an 18th place finish.
Ant West capitalised on his strong qualifying and knowledge of the track, having been an Assen winner in the 2003 250cc race, to take tenth for QMMF Racing and the highest placed of the Speed Up riders.
Julian Simon crossed the line in eleventh for the Italtrans team, Randy Krummenacher continued the strong showing for the Technomag carXpert team in twelfth while Louis Rossi picked up some much needed points for the Tech3 team in 13th position.
The final points places were filled by Desguaces La Torre SAG rider Marcel Schrotter in 14th and reigning Moto3 champion Sandro Cortese in 15th for Dynavolt Intact GP.
Britain's Danny Kent was 20th for Tech3 while wild-card rider Gino Rea finished in 25th in just his second GP appearance this season.
Former Moto2 champion Toni Elias crashed out on the warm-up lap before the race got under way, his Blusens Avintia team-mate Kyle Smith also fell with six laps remaining.
A big crash for Italtrans rider Takaaki Nakagami in warm-up lead to a broken collarbone so the Japanese rider took no part in the race.