Behind Rea, Checa concluded his outstanding season in fourth position – only the fifth time he had finished of the podium all year -, ahead of Guintoli, whose lucrative points' haul at Portimao saw him snatch sixth in the final standings for Effenbert-Liberty Ducati.
That was at the expense of Leon Camier, who came through to sixth in the race, though he at least had the minor satisfaction of beating Aprilia team-mate Biaggi in a straight fight, the Italian finishing his tumultuous season in seventh.
Rookie Joan Lascorz sealed his status as the top Kawasaki rider in eighth place – complete with the fastest lap of the race -, ahead of Ayrton Badovini and Maxime Berger, the Frenchman giving Supersonic Racing a double top ten finish for the first time on its final WSBK appearance.
Outside the top ten, Noriyuki Haga, debutant Davide Giugliano, Jakub Smrz, Michel Fabrizio
and Leon Haslam completed the points', the latter struggling to regain his ground after running off at the first corner.
Finally, Troy Corser's outstanding WSBK career would come to a somewhat unsatisfying conclusion after he finished 16th – and out of the points – in his 377th and final race…