Michel Fabrizio has given his flagging World Superbike campaign a significant shot in the arm with a dominant lights-to-flag victory at Kyalami.
The Italian snatched the lead at the first bend from fourth position on the grid before pushing hard on the opening few laps to open up a sizeable gap over fellow Ducati rider Carlos Checa.
From here Fabrizio would maintain his advantage to the chequered flag, Checa's best efforts to reduce the one second deficit being reduced to a determined, but brief mid-race charge.
In what was a fairly uneventful race, Fabrizio made his defining move as the lights went out, the Xerox rider sliding his 1198 up the inside of James Toseland through the opening right-hand sweep before holding sway into the first tight bend.
Toseland clung onto second position initially but would be demoted to third mid-way around the opening revolution when Checa completed a pass on the exit of Mineshaft. Behind Toseland, Leon Haslam was fourth, ahead of Leon Camier and Max Biaggi.
Pole sitter Cal Crutchlow, meanwhile, suffered an abysmal getaway, the Yamaha rider getting shuffled down to as low as ninth at one stage before finding a plateau in eighth by the end of the lap.
Up at the front, Fabrizio was already sprinting away, producing a series of fastest times through the opening laps to put clear air between himself and Checa, who in turn was already shaking off Toseland.
Having expressed concerns about his own fitness after completing no more than six straight laps during free practice, Toseland would indeed find himself fighting a rear-guard action for almost the race's entirety.
Indeed, although his initial pace was enough to break away from the majority of the chasing pack, he couldn't spurn the attentions of Haslam, the Suzuki rider's best early efforts being limited to a failed pass on lap three in which Toseland immediately swept back past on the exit.