Ten seconds further back, the battle for fourth position went down to the wire, with Rea and Max Biaggi
twice swapping spots as the race reached its climax. Nonetheless, it was Rea who would hold on to edge his 2009 sparring partner for the 'best of the rest' title.
Despite his tardy getaway, Guintoli showed impressive pace to work his way up to sixth position, passing Checa late on and capitalising on an error by Camier, who had risen to sixth only to out-brake himself at Honda on lap sixteen, the Aprilia man doing well to avoid collecting his own team-mate in the process.
Checa held off Jakub Smrz for seventh, while Troy Corser
and Lorenzo Lanzi
endured lonely races on the way to ninth and tenth positions.
Camier recovered to 11th, passing Neukirchner, Tom Sykes and Byrne in just five laps, while Andrew Pitt marked his return to World Superbike competition by claiming the 15th and final point for newcomers Reitwagen Motorsport.