Behind him, the battle for second place piqued the interest of the restless crowds as their heroes Max Biaggi and Marco Melandri diced with their respective Eugene Laverty and Leon Haslam team-mates.
In the end, the 'away' riders would triumph over the local favourites, Haslam giving a hint as to what could have been as he grabbed an excellent second place finish – his best yet for BMW – from 13th on the grid.
Laverty, a double winner at Monza last season, also had the honour of beating his team-mate to claim his second consecutive podium finish of the season, while Melandri and Biaggi followed up in fourth and fifth.
Jonathan Rea was also embroiled in the podium fight but would be forced to settle for sixth, ahead of Carlos Checa, who will at least be satisfied to see honours fairly even at the end of what he was expecting to be a far more difficult weekend.
Davide Giugliano and Jakub Smrz followed up on their Ducatis in eighth and ninth, while Ayrton Badovini rounded out the top ten.
Further back, Hiroshi Aoyama, Chaz Davies, Maxime Berger, Lorenzo Zanetti and Leon Camier rounded out the points' paying positions.
In all, just 17 riders started the second race, with six riders missing the start, including the unlucky Guintoli and Fabrizio, while David Salom, Mark Aitchison, Sergio Gadea and John Hopkins were also unable to start due to their race one incidents. Indeed, Hopkins is believed to have fared particularly badly in his Parabolica fall, the American reported to have broken his foot.