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It was a Ducati Dutch double for Robbie Brown in the TriOptions Cup, as a field of thirty two 899 Panigales took to the legendary Assen circuit for two more scintillating encounters.

Brown completed a perfect weekend for Boast Plumbing as he secured pole position and both race wins, but it was far from a dominant performance by the 2012 series champion.

Standings leader Leon Morris led the early laps in both bouts, but couldn't keep up the outright pace for the full distance in either. In the first race he faded to third, while late drama in race two saw him finish second. His championship lead has been reduced to a single point over Brown.

Along with Brown, the other clear front-runner at Assen was Hyside Motorcycles' Rob Guiver. He traded places at the front in both races, leading the way in Saturday's 10-lap battle until the last corner of the last lap where a 'heart in mouth' move from Brown saw him steal victory.

Race two was another all-out scrap which ended in high drama on the final lap. This time it was Brown leading the way having come back through the field after a slow start, but as Guiver was winding up for a replica manoeuvre on the last lap the pair came upon a back marker. As the #13 machine tried to squeeze through he made contact with the slower machine, breaking the right handlebar. Incredibly Guiver managed to stay upright despite having no control over the front brake or the throttle, and in a moment that could become crucial as the series nears its conclusion, crossed the line sixth to pick up ten points.

Behind the top three was the impressive Greg Gilfillan on the G5G Racing 899 Panigale, who took his third podium of the season in race two. Other standout performances this weekend came from Sean Neary for Paraplus and Philip Atkinson for Highsparks TC5 who each took a fourth placed finish.

With four races remaining in the 2015 season just 28 points separate the top three riders who were undoubtedly the class of the field at Assen. Now the UK's top one make championship heads to the home of British motor sport at Silverstone where there are sure to be yet more twists and turns before the season finale at Brands Hatch.

Robbie Brown said: "Both races were very dramatic race. Today I couldn't see what was going on behind me, I could just see +.2, +.4, +.2 and I thought well they are there so just see what happens on the last lap. Then we came across a backmarker and I saw the blue flags being waved and thought he would move out of the way, but he didn't and as we came up to the fast section I tried to go around the outside. I didn't see what happen behind but Rob [Guiver] was very lucky to stay on. I feel for him, no one wants that to happen, but I am just chuffed with our result and the weekend as a whole. It's all important points for the championship."

Leon Morris said: "To finish third but to be so far back off the front two was massively, massively disappointing yesterday. I crossed the line seven seconds off the lead but by then I had canned any thoughts of closing them down. In reality we needed to find a half a second a lap, so we made some changes which helped but to be fair to them [Robbie Brown and Rob Guiver] they are just not putting a foot wrong. They are inch perfect, they are not running wide and not making mistakes, they are on the limit and that is the reason why the top three are so far ahead of everyone else. Today we were much more in the race but I made a mistake which lost me my chance of winning but I was much happier with how it went. It wasn't an ideal weekend but it could have been a lot worse so we will move on and look forward to Silverstone."

Rob Guiver said: "I am absolutely gutted to be honest. I had a good race, a good pace and I was following Robbie [Brown] feeling really, really comfortable and I was basically going to do what he did to me yesterday. I was struggling going into the left before the chicane in race one but we made some changes today which worked really well. I was a lot stronger going through there and I knew I could wait to make my move until the end. I could see Robbie was under a little bit of pressure and was making some mistakes and on the back run to the straight we came up to a backmarker. He (the backmarker) came across and because I was so close behind Robbie's bike I couldn't see in front. At the last second Robbie swerved and just missed him but I had nowhere to go and went straight into the back of the backmarker and broke my handlebar clean off, how I stayed on I really don't know! I am really disappointed because I felt I had at least another half a second in me and the race was there to be won."