As such, they remained 'as you were' all the way to the chequered flag, Byrne winning by almost two seconds from Crutchlow, while Ellison resisted Haslam's last lap charge to edge him by a mere 0.046secs.
Camier and Sykes kept a watching brief but had to settle for fifth and sixth, while Michael Rutter had to use all of his 300 race experience to hold off Simon Andrews for seventh place, despite the fact he finished almost 20 seconds adrift of the leaders.
Seventh place had belonged to Michael Laverty, who was on the cusp of Camier and Sykes before he was forced to retire with two laps remaining. He was joined on the sidelines by Stuart Easton, who was up to tenth place when he crashed on the same lap.
As such, Jon Kirkham produced a fine performance to claim ninth on the Rob Mac Yamaha. Although a poor start dropped him down the order at the start, Kirkham showed impressive resolve to battle his way back into top ten contention. He has no chance to rest though as he is out straight away for the Henderson R1 Cup…
Tristan Palmer completed the top ten on the Tena for Men Honda, while Gary Mason, Billy McConnell, John Laverty, Atsushi Watanabe and Jason O'Halloran made up the points positions.