Indeed, the result is a particular frustration for the Czech-based Effenbert Liberty team after Guintoli's team-mate Jakub Smrz was denied a victory by Marco Melandri at Donington Park in similar circumstances.
Rea completed the podium with a fairly lonely run to third position, while Max Biaggi produced a charging ride up to fourth place having started down in 17th. Having played down his chances after failing to crack Superpole, a stunning start would see Biaggi up to ninth by the end of lap one, before pushing to the front of the mid-field pack and going sixth.
Though that seemed as high as he would get, a late error by Melandri would drop him from fourth and into Biaggi's clutches, the pair embarking on a brief, but intense, tussle before it was decided in the former champion's favour. From here, Biaggi went on to hunt down Joan Lascorz, denying the Spaniard what would have been his best WSBK result with a pass on the final lap.
Nonetheless Lascorz held on for a strong fifth place, ahead of Melandri, while Maxime Berger emerged as one of the race's unsung stars by fighting through the pack to claim his and Supersonic Ducati's best-ever finish at WSBK level in what will be the team's last event.
Tom Sykes yo-yoed through the order before settling in eighth place, ahead of Leon Haslam, Jakub Smrz, Michel Fabrizio and Leon Camier, the latter fighting back to 12th from last after running straight on at the first corner on lap three.
Ayrton Badovini, Troy Corser – racing with a unique crocodile-inspired livery this weekend to celebrate his final WSBK event – and Noriyuki Haga completed the points' paying positions.