Haslam's misfortune left Eugene Laverty and Sykes to dispute fourth place, the former looking comfortable in the position until the closing stages when a charging Sykes began to apply pressure on the very final lap.
Spurred on by his late race pace, Sykes showed Laverty a nose on the run up to the last corner, prompting the Yamaha man to go defensive into the bend and run wide on the exit. It was a successful tactic, Sykes getting a better drive out of the bend to snatch a well-deserved fourth place in the sprint for the finish line.
Hampered by his 15th place grid position, Leon Camier nonetheless fought his way to a solid sixth place finish, ahead of Sylvain Guintoli and Ayrton Badovini, who notched up another top ten result for BMW Italia. Joan Lascorz and Maxime Berger crossed the line ninth and tenth, the latter cracking the top ten for the first time for Supersonic Ducati
A race of attrition, all 15 finishers scored points, with Ruben Xaus
11th and Barni Ducati wild-cards Matteo Baiocco and Alessandro Polita in 12th and 13th, while Chris Vermeulen scored his first WSBK points since Misano 2010 with a determined ride to 14th. Lorenzo Lanzi
picked up the final point in his maiden race with BMW Italia.
As well as Haslam, Michel Fabrizio
and Jakub Smrz were others to crash out of the first race, while Troy Corser
compounded BMW's awful start to the day when he peeled into the pit lane after just five laps.