John Hopkins made an impressive return to a track he knows well from MotoGP by guiding his Stiggy machine from 13th on lap one to eighth, a tenth in front of Guandalini's Jakub Smrz, with former BSB champion Ryuichi Kiyonari
completing the top ten for Ten Kate Honda.
Carlos Checa and particularly Haga's team-mate Michel Fabrizio
will have expected much better than eleventh and twelfth, while BSB leader and Donington wild-card Leon Camier salvaged 13th from 17th on the grid, having been just 21st at the end of lap one.
Airwaves Yamaha team-mate James Ellison crashed out of tenth on lap 14, while fellow Brit Tom Sykes suffered his first non-finish of the year when he fell from his R1 while holding seventh on lap seven. Ellison was ok despite a heavy landing in the gravel, but Sykes headed for the medical centre to have his back examined.