Taking a dramatic victory in a race-long battle on Saturday, Baldassarri was eager to repeat his success on Sunday. However, it was Swiss rival Aegerter who took the early lead, with the Italian slotting in behind. As the 15-lap race progressed, a three-way battle emerged, with each rider lapping under the existing lap record.
As the pace picked up yet again, the Yamaha duo broke away from their third-place rival, making it a two-horse race for the win. Holding position until lap five, the Evan Bros Yamaha rider darted to the front, passing the Ten Kate rider into the final corner. The lead was short-lived, however, as the 31-year-old repaid the favour at turn one.
Shadowing his Yamaha counterpart until the last lap, ‘Balda’ tried everything. Recovering from a minor error in the third sector, the Saturday victor made a move at the end of the straight. Aegerter used his experience and fought back at the final corner, claiming victory by 0.030 seconds.
It was another strong race for EAB Racing’s Glenn van Straalen, who, after a retirement for a rival ahead, lay third on the final lap. Unable to hold the final rostrum position, the Dutch rider concluded his weekend with a second fourth-place finish.
Following a turn one crash in Saturday’s race, GMT94 Yamaha’s Jules Cluzel was determined to make amends for the second encounter. After a strong start, the Frenchman fought through the field to narrowly miss out on a top five finish as he crossed the line in sixth.
Patrick Hobelsberger secured points for 13th place, while the youngest-ever World Supersport race winner, Andy Verdoia finished 16th.
Spanish rider Unai Orradre, who celebrated his 18th birthday on Saturday, secured a top-20 finish. The former WorldSSP 300 rider suffered from a technical problem in race one, but a promising race two saw him close his maiden weekend in the middle-weight class in 17th place.
Dominique Aegerter and Lorenzo Baldassarri head to Assen tied atop of the standings with 45-points.