Scassa, however, may find a frosty reception when he returns to the Intermoto Kawasaki garage after making contact with team-mate Marino towards the end of the race, one that would see the Frenchman crash out of sixth place with four laps remaining.
Marino's demise promoted Jack Kennedy up to a career-best sixth position, ahead of Sheridan Morais, who looked in contention for a podium for much of the race before a late error at the Esses forced him to settle for what remains a season's best seventh.
Like Rolfo, Go Eleven Kawasaki's Andrea Antonelli found his pace in the race to finish eighth from 23rd of the grid, ahead of Fabien Foret, who has subsequently ceded second in the standings to Mahi Kawasaki team-mate Sofuoglu following an anonymous run to ninth.
Glen Richards was one of several riders to find the gravel at the Esses, the Australian recovering to tenth on his wild-card outing, while Vladimir Ivanov, Gabor Talmacsi, Raffaele de Rosa, Riccardo Russo and Alex Baldolini picked up the remaining points, the latter doing so on his debut for Suriano Suzuki.
Excusing Lowes, the race would prove tougher for the British contingent with Christian Iddon crashing out on lap two from fourth when lost out in contact between himself, Sofuoglu and Zanetti at the Melbourne hairpin, while Kev Coghlan suffered an off before retiring out of a top ten position.
Michael van der Mark was another to suffer a fall, the Dutchman rejoining but failing to make it back into the points.