The mercurial Andrea Iannone (Fimmco Speed Up, Speed Up) repeated his dominant Moto2 performance from Mugello by speeding from pole position to his second motorcycle racing victory of the season.
The Italian took all the drama out of the race on the first lap. He crossed the line with over a second in hand and continued to pull away at a brisk clip.
By the 18th of 24 laps he had over nine seconds in hand, after which he decreased his pace. Even so, with a final lap that was three seconds slower than his best, he won by 4.492s.
Iannone has had a feast or famine season. Other than his wins here and in Mugello, he has only two points-paying finishes; a fourth in Le Mans and a 12th at Silverstone. If he's to be a championship challenger he'll need more consistency, a lesson he could learn from Toni Elias.
Elias (Gresini Racing Moto2, Moriwaki) increased his championship lead with a second place finish. The Spanish MotoGP veteran battled Ratthapark Wilairot (Thai Honda PTT Singha SAG) for the entire race, with the pair being joined by a trio of others in the final stages of the race.
With five laps to go Elias was leading the pack of five from Wilairot and Swiss rider Thomas Luthi (Interwetten Moriwaki Moto2, Moriwaki), who turned in his best lap of the race on the 19th.
Shoya Tomizawa (Technomag-CIP, Moto2 Suter) and Julian Simon (Mapfre Aspar, Suter) were close, second through sixth covered by two seconds. Two laps later the pack split up into a trio fighting for second and pair for fifth.
Luthi pushed Wilairot off the podium on the penultimate lap with a pass into the Haarbocht first corner right, but Wilairot came back at him only a few turns later and was leading when they exited the Strubben hairpin for the run down the longest straight. Then Luthi passed him again and led across the line as Elias edged away.
On the final lap, Elias led Luthi and Wilairot, with Wilairot again passing the Swiss rider into turn one. One turn later Luthi was again in second, a spot he'd hold to the finish.
Wilairot was just off the podium in fourth and just in front of Simon. Jules Cluzel (Forward Racing, Moto2 Suter), last week's winner at Silverstone, finished seventh.
Elias now leads the championship with an even 100 points, 24 more than Tomizawa, who has two on Luthi.
The paddock packed up on Saturday night to begin the drive south to Catalunya, north of Barcelona, for the third race in as many weekends, and the seventh race of the season.
MOTO2 RIDER QUOTES
Andrea Iannone (Fimmco Speed Up, Speed Up in 1st(says) : "The race was hard today. Wilairot passed me and after a while I overtook him: this was a good chance as it was important to go away. Behind me Toni (Elias) and the other guys were fast, I couldn't make the gap wider. Once half of the laps were gone, I managed to leave them behind with an important distance. It's also thanks to my team: we work well together and that makes it easier to score results. Now it's important to work using our brains, to stay focused because Catalunya is next Sunday and it'll be an important GP."
Toni Elias (Gresini Honda Moto2, Moriwaki in 2nd) says: "After some poor results at Mugello and Silverstone to get back on the podium is perfect. I had a bit of trouble with (Ratthapark) Wilairot and (Fonsi) Nieto at the start and lost precious time over the first two laps to Iannone that I couldn't make up once I got clear. He was very strong, just like at Mugello. I worked hard for this second place though and it is important for the championship. It gives me and the team a boost and it seems we have come through the bad spell we had in the last couple of races. "
Thomas Luthi (Interwetten Moriwaki Moto2, Moriwaki in 3rd) says: "The start of the race was not easy. I had a good start, but could not switch into the gear and lost the connection a little bit because of that. Then Iannone was already building up a gap behind him. At the end I was able to fight for the podium, but the second place was impossible to reach. I am very happy with my third place though."
Pole position : 1m39.092s (165.01Km/h) Andrea Iannone, Fimmco Speed Up
Fastest lap : Lap 5 - 1m38.917s (165.302Km/h) Andrea Iannone, Fimmco Speed Up
Circuit record lap : 1m38.917s (165.302Km/h) Andrea Iannone, Fimmco Speed Up, 2010
Circuit Best Lap : 1m38.917s (165.302Km/h) Andrea Iannone, Fimmco Speed Up, 2010
Moto2 - Assen TT 0 Event Results - Round 6 - Race 1
1 Andrea Iannone 40m00.383s ITA HONDA Fimmco Speed Up
2 Toni Elias +4.492s SPA HONDA Gresini Racing Moto2
3 Thomas Luthi +4.492s SWI HONDA Interwetten Moriwaki Moto2
4 Ratthapark Wilairot +5.473s THA HONDA Thai Honda PTT SAG
5 Shoya Tomizawa +7.405s JPN HONDA Technomag-CIP
6 Julian Simon +7.666s SPA HONDA Mapfre Aspar Team
7 Jules Cluzel +16.023s FRA HONDA Forward Racing
8 Mike De Meglio +16.122s FRA HONDA Mapfre Aspar Team
9 Karel Abraham +16.959s CZE HONDA Cardion AB Motoracing
10 Yuki Takahashi +19.601s JAP HONDA Tech 3 Racing
11 Scott Redding +20.187s GBR HONDA Marc VDS Racing Team
12 Simone Corsi +20.423s ITA HONDA JiR Moto2
13 Gabor Talmacsi +21.358s HUN HONDA Fimmco Speed Up
14 Mattia Pasini +26.654s ITA HONDA JiR Moto2
15 Yonny Hernandez +34.024s COL HONDA Blusens-STX
16 Alex Baldolini +34.045s ITA HONDA Caretta Technology Race Dept
17 Claudio Corti +34.377s ITA HONDA Forward Racing
18 Dominique Aegerter +34.481s SWI HONDA Technomag-CIP
19 Stefan Bradl +37.283s GER HONDA Viessman Kiefer Racing
20 Alex De Angelis +42.525s SMR HONDA RSM Team Scot
21 Vladimir Ivanov +43.395s RUS HONDA Gresini Racing Moto2
22 Kenny Noyes +46.784s USA HONDA Jack & Jones by A.Banderas
23 Sergio Gadea +46.796s SPA HONDA Tenerife 40 Pons
24 Niccolo Canepa +59.324s ITA HONDA RSM Team Scot
25 Hector Faubel +1m00.168s SPA HONDA Marc VDS Racing Team
26 Robertino Pietri +1m01.868s VEN HONDA Italtrans S.T.R.
27 Raffaele De Rosa +1m02.451s ITA HONDA Tech 3 Racing
28 Bernat Martinez +1m07.317s SPA HONDA Maquinza-SAG Team
29 Vladimir Leonov +1m10.107s RUS HONDA Vector Kiefer Racing
30 Valentin Debise +1m37.619s FRA HONDA WTR San Marino Team
31 Mashel Al Naimi +1m41.035s QAT HONDA Blusens-STX
32 Joan Olive +1m41.545s SPA HONDA Jack & Jones by A.Banderas
33 Xavier Simeon NC - 1 Lap BEL HONDA G22 Holiday Gym
34 Lukas Pesek NC - 8 Laps CZE HONDA Matteoni C.P. Racing
35 Arne Tode NC - 9 Laps GER HONDA Racing Team Germany
36 Roberto Rolfo NC - 10 Laps ITA HONDA Italtrans S.T.R.
37 Anthony West NC - 14 Laps AUS HONDA MZ Racing
38 Fonsi Nieto NC - 17 Laps SPA HONDA G22 Holiday Gym
Moto2 Championship Standings
1 Toni Elias 100 pts SPA HONDA Gresini Racing Moto2
2 Shoya Tomizawa 76 pts JPN HONDA Technomag-CIP
3 Thomas Luthi 74 pts SWI HONDA Interwetten Moriwaki Moto2
4 Andrea Iannone 67 pts ITA HONDA Fimmco Speed Up
5 Julian Simon 61 pts SPA HONDA Mapfre Aspar Team
6 Simone Corsi 55 pts ITA HONDA JiR Moto2
7 Jules Cluzel 55 pts FRA HONDA Forward Racing
8 Sergio Gadea 47 pts SPA HONDA Tenerife 40 Pons
9 Gabor Talmacsi 37 pts HUN HONDA Fimmco Speed Up
10 Alex Debon 37 pts SPA HONDA Aeroport de Castello - Ajo
11 Yuki Takahashi 27 pts JAP HONDA Tech 3 Racing
12 Ratthapark Wilairot 25 pts THA HONDA Thai Honda PTT SAG
13 Scott Redding 23 pts GBR HONDA Marc VDS Racing Team
14 Roberto Rolfo 21 pts ITA HONDA Italtrans S.T.R.
15 Mike De Meglio 17 pts FRA HONDA Mapfre Aspar Team
16 Fonsi Nieto 17 pts SPA HONDA G22 Holiday Gym
17 Dominique Aegerter 15 pts SWI HONDA Technomag-CIP
18 Mattia Pasini 12 pts ITA HONDA JiR Moto2
19 Yonny Hernandez 11 pts COL HONDA Blusens-STX
20 Stefan Bradl 11 pts GER HONDA Viessman Kiefer Racing
21 Kenny Noyes 9 pts USA HONDA Jack & Jones by A.Banderas
22 Karel Abraham 9 pts CZE HONDA Cardion AB Motoracing
23 Alex Baldolini 9 pts ITA HONDA Caretta Technology Race Dept
24 Xavier Simeon 8 pts BEL HONDA G22 Holiday Gym
25 Alex De Angelis 5 pts SMR HONDA RSM Team Scot
26 Lukas Pesek 4 pts CZE HONDA Matteoni C.P. Racing
27 Hector Faubel 4 pts SPA HONDA Marc VDS Racing Team
28 Arne Tode 2 pts GER HONDA Racing Team Germany
29 Claudio Corti 1 pts ITA HONDA Forward Racing
30 Anthony West 1 pts AUS HONDA MZ Racing
31 Yannick Guerra 0 pts SPA HONDA G22 Holiday Gym
32 Vladimir Leonov 0 pts RUS HONDA Vector Kiefer Racing
33 Vladimir Ivanov 0 pts RUS HONDA Gresini Racing Moto2
34 Valentin Debise 0 pts FRA HONDA WTR San Marino Team
35 Robertino Pietri 0 pts VEN HONDA Italtrans S.T.R.
36 Raffaele De Rosa 0 pts ITA HONDA Tech 3 Racing
37 Niccolo Canepa 0 pts ITA HONDA RSM Team Scot
38 Mashel Al Naimi 0 pts QAT HONDA Blusens-STX
39 Kev Coghlan 0 pts SCO HONDA Monlan Joey Darcey Team
40 Joan Olive 0 pts SPA HONDA Jack & Jones by A.Banderas
41 Ivan Moreno 0 pts SPA HONDA Andalucia Cajasol
42 Bernat Martinez 0 pts SPA HONDA Maquinza-SAG Team
43 Axel Pons 0 pts SPA HONDA Tenerife 40 Pons
44 Anthony Delhalle 0 pts FRA HONDA Qatar Endurance Racing Team
45 Amadeo Llados 0 pts SPA HONDA Llados Racing Team