Davies, however, was denied a shot at victory after suffering a puncture three laps from the chequered flag whilst running with the leaders in third. One of three riders – including Fabien Foret and Massimo Roccoli – to suffer a rare rear deflation in the closing stages, Pirelli are likely to come under the spotlight from disgruntled teams.
Their misfortune meant Robbin Harms – who ran with the leaders during the early stages of the race – was promoted to a top five finish, ahead of James Ellison, who shrugged off his knee complaint to claim sixth on the Bogdanka PTR machine.
A dismal start that dropped him to the bottom of the top twenty failed to deter Florian Marino as he fought his way back up to seventh, winning out in an intense battle with Lorenzini Kawasaki's Vittorio Iannuzzo, Alexander Lundh and Danilo Dell'Omo, the latter securing Suriano Triumph a top ten finish on its debut.
Ronan Quarmby, Ondrej Jezel, Bastien Chesaux and Team Hungary Toth riders Balazs Nemeth and Imre Toth rounded out the points paying positions.
As well as Foret – who was expected to mount a victory challenge after setting the pace in free practice and qualifying -, Gino Rea lasted only five laps when he ran off the circuit and dropped his Step Racing bike on the wet grass.