Prompting a lengthy clean up operation, the race didn't restart for almost an hour, but once it did only Corser, who made the restart, would fail to complete the opening lap after crashing at the Parabolica.
Away from the fight for the lead, which quickly became a three-way battle, a spirited tussle between Max Biaggi
and Yukio Kagayama
would eventually go the Italian's way. However, despite being promoted to third, courtesy of Spies' problem, Biaggi would quickly learn that he had been given a 20 second penalty, dropping him down to 11th position.
It meant the podium would fall to, surprisingly, Ryuichi Kiyonari, who put in a marvellous performance on the Ten Kate Honda after a terrible start left him in 17th position at the end of the opening lap.
Nonetheless, the Japanese rider put in a series of consistently quick laps to pick off the competition gradually, although even he was surprised to secure a first podium of the season having entered the final lap in fifth position.
Countryman Kagayama gave Suzuki something to smile about following Neukirchner's dramatic exit in fourth place, ahead of Jonathan Rea, who got the better of former BSB sparring partner Tom Sykes following a race-long duel.
Spies' problems and Biaggi's penalty would also play into the hands of Ruben Xaus, who recorded BMW's best finish at WSBK level in a fine seventh position, ahead of Regis Laconi
and Carlos Checa, while Broc Parkes sneaked a top ten finish for Kawasaki too.
Biaggi finds himself a disgruntled 11th, while Jakub Smrz, Shinya Nakano and Shane Byrne were the remaining riders to jump ahead of Spies as he crept across the finish line.