The Italian, who suffered an appalling run of mechanical problems prior to Donington, took the lead from pole into turn one of the 125cc Dutch TT - and was never headed again, eventually winning by a commanding 6.115secs.

Meanwhile, a six rider fight for second raged throughout the 22 laps, with world championship leader Hector Faubel eventually beating Aspar Aprilia team-mate and title rival Gabor Talmacsi by just 0.031secs at the chequered flag.

Race results - Assen:

1. Pasini (Aprilia)
2. Faubel (Aprilia) +6.115secs
3. Talmacsi (Aprilia) +6.146secs
4. Gadea (Aprilia) +6.354secs
5. Corsi (Aprilia) +6.454secs
6. Koyama (KTM) +6.633secs
7. Pesek (Derbi) +6.643secs
8. Cortese (Aprilia) +17.696secs
9. Ranseder (Derbi) +17.890secs
10. Bradl (Aprilia) +21.780secs

Webb (Honda) DNF

 

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