Troy Bayliss has taken the win in the first World Superbike race at Assen despite a seriously bruised back-side from a bicycle crash on Wednesday.
Bayliss lead most of the race but only managed get away in the closing stages after a serious fight with Yukio Kagayama, Max Neukirchner, Carlos Checa and Troy Corser.
Kagayama was the man the put in the most effort to steel Bayliss’ lead, flying past in the fast chicane on lap 4 to take the lead.
The Suzuki rider held off Bayliss until lap 11 when he cut too tight over the curb, clipped the grass and had a massive moment that dropped him back to fourth.Max Neukirchner looked set to take second place after holding off Carlos Checa for most of the race but ultimately had to settle for third.
Checa understandably looked a little hesitant about passing Neukirchner after knocking him off in the last round, but he eventually got past and managed to keep second to the flag.