Immediately after crossing the line, Sete threw both hands in the air and pointed to the heavens in a clear gesture to his lost team-mate, which he repeated for the remainder of his slow down lap.
When he pulled into parc ferme, the Telefonica team – too overcome for words – simply mobbed the visibly exhausted 30-year-old, no-one quite knowing what to say after such a momentous, and yet reflective day, which had ended in nothing less than a fairytale manner.
Biaggi duly finished 4secs behind in third - to claim his place in history as the highest ever GP points scorer - with Bayliss a further seven seconds back to record his best finish in his short GP career. Ducati have now also led at both Grands Prix of the season so far, and were once again Hondas only real challenge.
Top Yamaha Barros was six seconds behind the Australian, with the Gauloises rider - together with Ukawa, Hayden and Abe - all nose-to-tail at the flag.
Checa took a distant ninth ahead of Jacque, while Nakano recovered to 11th after his startline disaster. Aoki brought his two-stroke home in an uneventful 12th, with Hopkins top Suzuki in 13th.
Tamada took 14th, ahead of Kenny Roberts
and the two Kawasakis. A rider of McCoy's calibre will be devastated with his last place, although he at least gave the paying fans value for money by lighting up the rear - and leaving clouds of smoke - at every opportunity during the near hour long race.
Haga completed a weekend to forget for Aprilia by retiring with unknown problems on lap 13... thought to be a result of damage sustained during his team-mates first lap accident.
But the day rightfully belonged to Gibernau and the Gresini team, who have endured so much in recent weeks.
As Max Biaggi said after Sete took pole yesterday, some things are just meant to be.
The #74 must have been smiling.
Full results to follow...