BE1 Racing's decision to defect from Triumph to Yamaha machinery over the winter has been fully vindicated after Luca Scassa took a stunning last gasp World Supersport victory at Phillip Island in a finish that saw the top three covered by just 0.033secs.
A breathtaking taster of what is to come for the remainder of the season, the race was relentless from start to finish as several riders took stints at the front of the pack right up until the final bend.
Indeed, while Scassa began the last lap in front, an unexpected pass by Lowes on the run up to Lukey Heights saw him enter the long left hander that leads onto the home straight in the lead.
However, an untidy exit left him vulnerable to the close following Scassa and Broc Parkes, with both riders using an apparent straight line speed advantage to edge past just in time for the line.
Finding enough room alongside a powerless Lowes, it was Scassa that crossed the line in front, just 0.009secs up on Parkes, whose benefit of a double-draft very nearly hauled him past both riders.
Though a bitter disappointment for Lowes, Scassa's equally impressive performance marks his first victory at WSS level, as well as success for Yamaha in its first WSS race since Portimao 2009.
Despite missing out on a home win by the smallest of margins himself, Parkes will nonetheless be pleased with his run to second having looked completely out of contention mid-race when he slipped to as low as seventh.
However, while it will be the rush to the finish line that dominates the headlines, the race as a whole should be remembered as a typical WSS classic.
Indeed, victory looked set to come down to a battle between as many as five riders, with Chaz Davies and pole sitter David Salom also well in contention until the very final stages. Both riders led at some stage, with Salom looking particularly good mid-race before being reeled in and bumped down to an eventual fourth position, himself just 0.2secs off the win.