Troy Bayliss ruined his chances of wrapping up the 2008 World Superbike title at Vallelunga when he fell from his Ducati just three corners from the chequered flag.
Bayliss was running second behind Noriyuki Haga at the time, a position that would have won him the championship after team-mate Michel Fabrizio passed Troy Corser for third on the final lap.
However, a low-speed fall at the hairpin, similar to that of James Toseland last year, undid all of his hard work, leaving him out of the points. He will have to wait until Magny-Cours when he will get another chance to complete victory.
Haga won his second race of the day after what had been a thrilling tussle with Bayliss up until that point, with Fabrizio a surprise second after a marvellous charge in the latter stages. Third for Corser keeps his title hopes alive.
Full report and results to follow