Johann Zarco's long battle with championship rival Tito Rabat came to a head over the final two laps when the Frenchman took advantage after passing Rabat at turn four, using his Ajo Motorsport bike's Kalex power to pull out a gap of seven tenths to secure back-to-back wins for the first time in his career.

The Frenchman, who got off to a terrible start on his second attempt after the race had been red-flagged due to oil on track with his bike bobbling up in the air, has won every time he has started from pole this season, and his consecutive wins mark the first time the feat has been achieved by a French rider in the intermediate class since Christian Sarron in 1984.

Rabat made it five successive podiums for the EG 0,0 Marc VDS team, his clear second place allowing Zarco to increase his lead over him in the title hunt to 45 points.

The unusually rough and ready Rabat made contact with Zarco in his bid for the win, but his podium finish is his first ever at the Dutch TT track.

After finishing third at the last three races a gallant effort from British rider Sam Lowes saw him use some excellent passes to move up to third after falling to sixth on the race restart. The Speed Up rider admitted he found it hard to keep pace with the lead pair, but was proud to be in contention.

Rookie Alex Rins got caught up trying to pass Xavier Simeon, but once clear set about chasing down the leaders to finish just under four seconds behind winner Zarco.

Tom Luthi also enjoyed a tussle with the Belgian but eventually pushed hard to take sixth for Derendinger Racing Interwetten.

Jonas Folger blitzed everyone on the restart and powered away to open up a lead of well over a second. The AGR man was first reeled in by Rabat, who passed him at the final chicane, with Zarco and Lowes putting the same move on him. The German continued to fall back down the field to a final finish of seventh.

Mika Kallio recovered from 15th on the grid, making up places to secure eighth for Italtrans.

Rabat's team-mate Alex Marquez battled hard with the Finnish rider and equalled his best result of the season in ninth as he continues his rookie learning curve.

Simone Corsi was off the pace when it came to the race and finished tenth for Athina Forward Racing, after qualifying fourth.

The remaining points went to Julian Simon (QMMF Racing) in a lonely 11th with Dominique Aegerter a distant 12th for Technomag Racing Interwetten.

Thirteenth went to Taka Nakagami (Idemitsu Honda Team Asia), 14th to Randy Krummenacher (JiR) and in 15th was Hafizh Syahrin (Petronas Raceline Malaysia, who scooped the final point on offer.

The race was initially red-flagged on the first lap after Luis Salom was clipped by Marcel Schrotter and Ant West, with the contact taking him out. The Pons bike caught fire and caused an oil spill at turn one.

Florian Alt crashed out on the first lap of the restarted race. Ricky Cardus also finished his race day early, falling with 11 laps remaining. Louis Rossi joined them on the fallers list with just six laps left.

A big late crash brought out the yellow flags as the bike remains of Lorenzo Baldassarri and Ant West were strewn across turn one.



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