Despite his spectacular fall, Rea's advantage over the chasing pack meant he was able to remount – having dropped almost 25 seconds – to claim a hard-fought and very well deserved fourth on his return to action.
Having spent several laps dicing very closely with Yamaha team-mate Marco Melandri, Eugene Laverty eventually prevailed to claim fifth, though only after repeatedly pleading with officials to stop the race as they crossed the finish line.
Melandri's sixth means he has pulled back some points on Checa, whose strategy of being very cautious paid off as he slowly worked his way up to eighth place, just behind top BMW rider Ayrton Badovini.
Despite his fall, Haslam also scored a top ten finish in ninth, ahead of Maxime Berger, Troy Corser
and Roberto Rolfo
as only 13 riders were classified at the finish.
As well as Camier – who was running with Smrz when he crashed -, James Toseland fell early on and is feared to have damaged his troublesome wrist once more, while Mark Aitchison was an unlucky faller having been dicing with the Yamahas when he tumbled.