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Granado victorious at Assen

Eric Granado takes his second MotoE victory of the season at Assen.

The pole-sitter fought back from a difficult get away to retake the race lead from Lukas Tulovic. He was never quite about to pull away from the rest of the field but, as Jordi Torres and Alessandro Zaccone were locked in the battle for P2, he was unchallenged at the front of the order and finished eight tenths clear.

Granado dropped to third on the opening lap, with fellow front row starters Tulovic and Zaccone managing to find their way past. Torres made it a four-way battle for position while an off took Dominique Aegerter out of the race.

Zaccone dived past Tulovic on entry to turn 8, with Granado and Torres following through a few corners later. Zaccone wouldn’t hold the lead for long and was soon shuffled down to third as the One Energy Racing rider and HP Pons rider came through.

Zaccone tried to fight back and almost lost control as he challenged for position. He managed to stay upright but couldn’t collect himself to try again before the chequered flag.

Matteo Ferrari was closing onto the back of the battle in the closing stages and finished fourth, ahead of Mattia Casadei and Tulovic.

Hikari Okubo spent the first half of the race leading the second pack in P5, but was shuffled backwards and wound up P7.

Fermin Aldeguer, Yonny Hernandez and Corentin Perolari rounded out the top 10.

 

Image courtesy of MotoGP

Bethonie Waring

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