Mirroring his result on home soil for Airwaves Yamaha at Donington Park, the new British Superbike champion finished ahead of several more experienced riders, including Carlos Checa and Ruben Xaus, both of whom were front runners at Portimao last season.
In a race of attrition that saw just 14 riders finish on the same lap, several top names failed to see the chequered flag, including Haslam, who crashed out on lap eleven whilst running in sixth position, while Jakub Smrz and Yukio Kagayama were others to hit the tarmac during the race. Meanwhile, technical issues cost good results for Sylvain Guintoli, Nieto and Troy Corser.
It meant several riders posted notable results, including Matthieu Lagrive in ninth for Althea Honda, while Guandalini's Matteo Baiocco secured his first World Superbike top ten result after winning out in a battle with the factory Kawasakis.
Broc Parkes and Makoto Tamada followed in 11th and 12th, ahead of David Salom, David Checa and Luca Scassa, the latter scoring despite finishing four laps off the lead after benefitting from a late retirement for Roland Resch, the Austrian having been on course for his first ever points before a spectacular engine blow.