Sylvain Guintoli has seen off an intense five-way battle to secure the new Suzuki GSX-R1000 its maiden MCE British Superbike race victory as Leon Haslam edged clear at the top of the BSB standings.

In a race weekend which promised the big BSB stars to shine, Assen's race two delivered with an frantic fight between the biggest names in the championship as Guintoli grabbed his first win of the year, and the new Suzuki’s maiden victory, ahead of Josh Brookes on the Anvil Hire Yamaha and championship leader Haslam in third.

While Shane Byrne and James Ellison led the early running the pair were eventually reeled in by the podium trio but the top positions changed on multiple occasions to provide fantastic action at Assen.

With Guintoli triumphing, Brookes’s runner-up spot sees him keep hold of second place in the BSB championship trailing Haslam by 32 points heading to the triple-header season finale at Brands Hatch.

Ellison held on to fourth place to demote defending BSB champion Byrne to fifth place which means he stays third in the riders’ standings and 33 points behind Haslam.

Behind the front five BSB Showdown contender Peter Hickman held off Jake Dixon, Christian Iddon and Dan Linfoot for sixth place as Bradley Ray rounded out the top ten further back.

John Hopkins secured 11th for Moto Rapido Ducati with Honda’s Jason O’Halloran now out of the running for the title after finishing a lowly 13th place. Glenn Irwin and Michael Laverty rounded out the points places.

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