Coming after committing his immediate WSBK future to Honda, the win also signals a remarkable success for the new ride-by-wire system that was originally only fitted to the CBR1000RR as a test for 2012…
Despite missing out on the win, second place still marks Haga's best finish of the season and maintains a good run of recent form for the WSBK legend.
Behind them, the battle for third went down to the final lap with Nurburgring winner Sykes looking on course to seal what would have been only his second podium with the manufacturer. However, despite a dogged defence over the entire second-half of the race, Sykes would fall one lap short to settle for fourth behind Checa.
Though not the win he was hoping for, Checa's third place, coupled to Marco Melandri's fairly average run to eighth, means he has increased his lead to 82 points in the standings.
Behind Sykes, Eugene Laverty had a quiet run to fifth on an otherwise tough start to the day for Yamaha, while Sylvain Guintoli's sixth place lifts him to a new peak of seventh in the overall standings.
His team-mate Jakub Smrz made it a good race for Effenbert-Liberty Ducati in seventh, ahead of Melandri, whose result suffered after an unusually error-strewn performance. Ayrton Badovini and Joan Lascorz completed the top ten positions.
Further back, Mark Aitchison scored a good finish for Pedercini Kawasaki in 11th, ahead of countryman Troy Corser, wild-card duo Federico Sandi and Alessandro Polita, and Leon Camier, who started well, only to run off at the final corner and leave himself playing catch up from the back of the field.
Elsewhere, Leon Haslam suffered a costly crash whilst running in sixth, while Michel Fabrizio
was another to fall early on.