However, Laverty would fight back with a re-pass on the penultimate lap before Melandri's attempts to overtake on the final revolution would instead see him run on at the Esses, in turn dropping him to fifth place behind Davide Guigliano.
Chaz Davies would complete a fairly nondescript weekend on home soil with a quiet run to sixth place, ahead of Loris Baz and Niccolo Canepa, who flew the flag for Alstare Ducati following Carlos Checa's decision to sit out the race due to his shoulder injury.
Jules Cluzel and Michel Fabrizio
rounded out the top ten, with Jonathan Rea ending up a lowly 11th after problems early on dropped him from an initial third place.
Elsewhere, Leon Camier suffered another fall at the final corner early in the race, though he would pick the bike up and recover to 13th, the Suzuki rider aided by pre-race withdrawals from Checa and Leon Haslam reducing the grid to just 17 riders.