Doriano Romboni made a brave comeback for the R&D Bieffe Ducati outfit at Assen and cemented his place on the leaderboard with two points scoring finishes. The veteran Italian was especially impressive in the wet where he finished seventh in his first race for some 18 months.
Alessandro Gramigni was another star and was easily the best true privateer all weekend. Despite falling to 14th in race one, the Valli Racing Yamaha rider made amends with a superb sixth place just eight seconds behind Edwards.
The Gerin Red Bull Ducati team are another outfit that thrive on short tracks and both Robert Ulm and Andy Meklau should be consistent top 15 runners. Meklau is fighting for a place in the top ten overall and the Austrian team will have a major fan base to cheer them on this weekend.
However the form guide will only reveal itself once practice begins on Friday and despite the 'Mickey Mouse' characteristics of the circuit, you can count on a massive, fanatical crowd to make it one of the biggest events of the year, unless it rains.