Coming into the event, many people predicted Kawasaki as the perfect title spoilers and so it was on lap 24 when Yanagawa demoted his Japanese counterpart to fifth, Edwards moved 50 points clear in the points standings with just two races to go.
As the points stand at the moment, Edwards cannot be caught for even if Haga wins both races at Brands Hatch on October 15th, he will lose the title on Edwards' greater number of wins…..HOWEVER….If Yamaha's appal against Noriyuki's 45 point penalty in South Africa is successful, the Japanese star will go into the final round 5 points ahead of Edwards!
No sooner had Yanagawa moved into fourth, he began harrying his team-mate for the final step on the podium and with three laps to go he was through and on his way for his second podium result in the last three races. Bayliss' second place was out of reach although the bright green bike closed to within two seconds of the Australian at the flag.
Some 25 seconds behind Edwards on the track, the battle for seventh lost three participants as Slight fell foul of the starters beam and instead of taking his stop-go penalty within the first five laps of the board being shown, the New Zealander continued until lap twelve before steaming into the pits and retiring. On lap 18 Goddard and Antonello went for the same piece of tarmac at the end of the back straight with the inevitable contact resulting in both riders continuing their dispute in the gravel trap to further reduce the numbers.
For a long while it looked as though Fujiwara had got the measure of his squabbling rivals and the Japanese rider clung to the rear of his team-mate for many laps although he could not find a way through. This delay allowed Bostrom to close in and on lap 26 the Californian wildman took the spot in a textbook outbraking manoeuvre into the first turn.
Yoshikawa scored another good result with ninth place and Robert Ulm rounded out the top ten for the Gerin Ducati squad. Alessandro Gramigni scored his second successive eleventh place finish ahead of the second Gerin machine of Andy Meklau with Markus Barth, Lance Isaacs and Marco Borciani completing the points scorers.
Amongst the various celebrations up and down the pit lane, one pit garage seemed to be nosier than the rest put together as the party began in the Castrol Honda pit. However as joyous as the occasion is, Colin could have it all to do next month at Brands Hatch depending on what the Court of Arbitration for Sport decides.