10secs behind Biaggi was Tamada, who undoubtedly rode the race of his short GP career to steal fourth from countryman Nakano on the very last lap, having carved his way past Ukawa, Gibernau, Checa and Edwards.
It says much for Tamada and his Bridgestone tyres that he was able to set the third quickest lap of the race in the process, beaten only by Capirossi and Rossi!
Ukawa had a quiet race for sixth, but at least finished in style by beating Gibernau in the run to the flag, the Spaniard had looked strong in the early part of the race, but was unable to pass Nakano and then faded in the closing stages.
Edwards will be satisfied with ninth after fighting with old rival Bayliss in the early stages, while his team-mate Haga crashed out. Barros fell on lap 3, losing the front at the same corner as Bayliss.
Rookies Melandri, Hayden and Kiyonari all took valuable points, while wild-card Hofmann claimed the top Kawasaki accolade as both he and McCoy finished in the points.
Suzuki endured a nightmare event when Kenny Roberts
hit John Hopkins
on the third lap, sending them both into the gravel. The two team-mates wisely walking away in opposite directions to cool down…
The Proton V5's performed well in their debut race, only for McWilliams (who was in the points) and Aoki retire with the same fuel pump problems they had suffered yesterday.
Full results to follow...