Amazingly, considering his injuries and lack of track time, 'Toni' continued to stretch his lead in the latter half of the race – and with two to go held an unstoppable 5.6secs advantage over the attention grabbing struggle for second between Rolfo, Poggiali and Porto respectively (de Puniet having slipped a further second back).
One time GP winner Rolfo lost second to Poggiali half a lap later, while Porto also used the moment to pounce on the fellow Honda – before being slipstreamed by the Italian going into turn one for the final time.
Poggiali hadn't escaped either and also looked likely to fall victim to the Fortuna rider, but heading into the super tight chicane for the final time Porto tried a desperate move inside the #3 – smashing into the side of his rival's machine and sending the Argentinean to the ground.
Rolfo was pushed wide in the collision, allowing de Puniet to steal the final podium position - which won't have made Honda happy...
Porto restarted his machine to limp home fifth, ahead of Battaini, Guintoli and Matsudo – but the day belongs to the brave Elias for his heroic ride – not even he could believe how far ahead he was at the flag given his problematic weekend.
By contrast, team-mate Nieto would finish just ninth.
Full results to follow...
3. de Puniet