A race long display of coolness and sheer unassailable speed from World Supersport championship leader Karl Muggeridge saw the Ten Kate Honda rider claim his fifth victory of the season, today at Assen.
All chased hard by Klaffi Honda's Sebastien Charpentier, Muggeridge had all bases covered, despite what his eventual race victory margin of only 0.157secs would suggest.
Meanwhile, the battle for the final podium spot would be decided by a final turn collision between Kevin Curtain and former champion Andrew Pitt, making his return to the series as a wild-card.
Curtain held third heading onto the last lap, but Pitt dived underneath his fellow Australian halfway around the high-speed circuit. Curtain would then retake the position and the two would head into the final chicane separated by just a few bike lengths. Curtain held the inside line, while Pitt tried to outbrake him around the outside.
But Yamaha Italia rider Pitt simply appeared to brake too late and hit the back of Curtain's R6 at the apex, sending Kevin somersaulting through the gravel, while Pitt was also forced off track - but would stay on two-wheels to controversially claim the final podium position.
Muggeridge now leads the championship by 38 points, his win and a lowly fifth place finish for closest championship challenger Jurgen van den Goorbergh, in the Dutchman's home race, aiding the Australian's cause.