However, Linfoot's fortunes would turn around just moments after the race had finished when race direction determined Sofuoglu to be at fault for the collision and subsequently handed down a 25 second penalty. As such, Linfoot was promoted back to third, with Sofuoglu fourth.
Ignored amidst the drama going on just ahead of him, Foret's fifth place means Lowes overtakes him for third in the overall standings.
Elsewhere, Alex Baldolini picked up a strong sixth place for Suriano Triumph, while Mathew Scholtz saved his best until last to score a season's-best of seventh aboard the second of the Bogdanka-backed PTR bikes.
Andrea Antonelli finished as the top Yamaha rider in eighth place, ahead of Gabor Talmacsi and Jed Metcher, while Linfoot's team-mate Florian Marino, Balazs Nemeth, Imre Toth, Sheridan Morais and Massimo Roccoli picked up the final points between 11th and 15th.
Pole sitter Broc Parkes, meanwhile, led into the first corner but would drop back quickly before taking a trip to the pit lane.