Alberto Puig's latest prot?g?, Spanish teenager Daniel Pedrosa, superbly controlled Saturday's 125cc race at the classic Assen circuit in Holland as he transferred pole position into a comfortable lead by the first turn and never looking back.

Pedrosa took advantage of a race-long scrap for second place to pull away to the tune of three seconds in the opening six laps of the 17-lap race before controlling the pace of the monster 37-bike field all the way to the chequered flag.

Championship leader Manuel Poggiali bumped and scraped his way into second place on the final lap while Pedrosa's Telefonica Honda teammate Juan Olive scored his first career podium result with a fighting third place.

Pedrosa's maiden victory moves him into second in the overall standings, 20 points behind Poggiali and eight ahead of third placed man Arnaud Vincent who finished fourth today.

Lucio Cecchinello, who led the chase of Pedrosa for much of the race, was bustled down to fifth in the final two corners following do-or-die moves from both Olive and Vincent while Steve Jenkner was sixth, a mere half second behind Poggiali in second.

Front row qualifier Mika Kallio from Finland was on course for a well-deserved top ten finish as no less than ten riders fiercely disputed seventh place but the Finnish rider agonisingly crashed on the final chicane.

British riders Chaz Davies and Leon Camier finished 24th and 28th respectively.


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