However, from here he stalled, the Yamaha man never anything more than being on the cusp of the top three riders. Even so, fourth and eighth actually signals his best weekend points' haul of the season so far.
Checa was another to keep a watching brief in fifth position as he continues to share third position in the overall standings with Rea.
Having occupied much of the airtime during race one, James Toseland enjoyed a quiet run to sixth position, the former champion joining his team-mate in getting a bad start from the front row before slowly but surely rising up the ranks to finish sixth.
After fading badly in race one, Troy Corser was a solid seventh for BMW, the Australian passing race one winner Michel Fabrizio late on as the Italian proved unable to replicate his earlier form.
Jakub Smrz crossed the line ninth for another top ten finish, while Noriyuki Haga put his dismal 17th in race one behind him with a measured ride to tenth position.
Ruben Xaus, Luca Scassa and Shane Byrne enjoyed a good tussle before settling in 11th, 12th and 13th respectively, while Tom Sykes put more points on the board for Kawasaki in 14th. Sylvain Guintoli rounded out the points' positions after a poor start left him towards the back of the field.
Elsewhere, Leon Camier ran as high as fifth early on but would slide down the order rapidly with a problem before eventually retiring four laps from the chequered flag whilst running 18th.
There was also disappointment for Sheridan Morais, who joined Camier on the slim retirements' list when he ditched his Aprilia at Mineshaft.