Eugene Laverty has moved back to the top of the World Supersport standings for this first time since the opening round after cruising to his fifth win of the season at Misano.

The Irishman snatched the lead of the race on lap three and wouldn't look back, the Parkalgar Honda rider heading off Joan Lascorz and Kenan Sofuoglu's mid-race spurt to win by almost four seconds.

Crucially, with Sofuoglu finishing third after a error-strewn ride, Laverty leads the Turk in the overall standings by three points - the first time he has led the way since surrendering it back at Portimao.

Joan Lascorz put a difficult start to the weekend behind him with a confident ride to second position on the Kawasaki, the Spaniard going solo in the team this weekend as Katsuaki Fujiwara recovers from appendicitis.

Still, Lascorz was lucky to retain second after coming under continuous pressure from Sofuoglu. However, on the three occasions he would attempt to pass Lascorz, the Ten Kate Honda rider would simply out-brake himself and drop him a few seconds behind.

Nonetheless, he was well clear of the battle for fourth position to retain third, the 'best of the rest' status being assumed once again by Chaz Davies, who prevailed in an entertaining scrap with local wild-card Roberto Tamburini - who made good gains after an early off - and Robbin Harms.

The fight should have included pole sitter Michele Pirro and Gino Rea, the young Briton having managed an outstanding start to lead a Supersport race for the first time. However, the Intermoto Honda rider would suffer his first retirement of the season at the hands of Pirro when the Italian got it wrong whilst attempting to pass on the final corner, the Ten Kate Honda rider clipping Rea and sending them both out.

Rounding out the top ten, Massimo Roccoli was followed by Fabien Foret, Miguel Praia and David Salom.