Countrymen Leon Haslam and Jonathan Rea enjoyed differing fortunes in the first race, with the former having to battle his way up from outside the top twenty when he was one of three riders to run off the track at the start of lap two, the other two being Brendan Roberts and Yukio Kagayama.
Nonetheless, a series of quick laps and overtaking manoeuvres got him back into the hunt for a top ten finishing position, the Stiggy rider ultimately just falling just short in 11th when he finished behind Ryuichi Kiyonari, Troy Corser
and Regis Laconi, the latter dropping back after running as high as fifth early on.
Rea, meanwhile, made swift progress up the order having qualified a lowly 17th, but while he reached a high of eighth at one point, an error in the closing stages dropped him to eventual 12th position, behind Haslam.
Still, with Tommy Hill sneaking another point in 15th, all five British riders would be classified inside the points, the Althea rider finishing behind BMW's Ruben Xaus
and the sole Kawasaki of Broc Parkes, the Aussie scoring the team's first points of the season in the process.