Even so, Byrne hasn't suffered so much in the standings after launching an outstanding fight back through the field, eventually crossing the line in eighth for eight potentially crucial points. Laverty, meanwhile, was also able to squeeze into the points in 14th.
Back towards the front, Jon Kirkham made it an outstanding day for the Samsung Crescent Suzuki team in third place, only his second career podium at BSB level, while Rapid Bathams Ducati rider Martin Jessopp was an exceptional fourth – his best-ever BSB finish – after coming out top in an entertaining scrap with Josh Brookes.
Behind Brookes, Kiyonari faded as the race wore on to cross the line sixth, marginally ahead of James Ellison. Behind the remarkable Byrne, Chris Walker and Graeme Gowland rounded out the top ten, the latter sealing another EVO win despite being left at the back of the field after getting crossed up in the Byrne/Laverty incident.
Tommy Bridewell came home 11th on the Motorpoint Yamaha, ahead of his predecessor James Westmoreland, Buildbase BMW's Barry Burrell, the recovering Laverty and EVO series leader Glen Richards.