Having watched Ben Spies cruise to double victory in Qatar, Noriyuki Haga duly responded in the perfect way in Valencia with a pair of dominant wins for himself.

Together with Spies taking a tumble in race one, Haga, who now has three wins and three second place finishes under his belt, has suddenly opened up a 40 point lead over his arch-rival.

Now on 135 points, it is worth mentioning that last year's champion, Troy Bayliss, finished the first three rounds on 128 points...

Suzuki's Max Neukirchner is clinging on in third place, although Michel Fabrizio was a big winner for Ducati Xerox, his two podiums launching him from 11th to fourth in the standings.

Privateers Leon Haslam and Regis Laconi are also doing fine jobs on their respective Stiggy Honda and DFX Ducati machines in fifth and sixth positions overall, ahead of the best factory Aprilia, Honda, BMW and Kawasaki entries. Further back, debutant John Hopkins and Makoto Tamada scored their first points of the season in Spain.

In the manufacturer standings, Ducati have stretched their lead over Yamaha from four to 25 points, ahead of Honda, Suzuki, Aprilia, BMW and Kawasaki.

Full World Superbike Championship rider standings (After 3 rounds of 14 - Previous position in brackets)

1. (1) Noriyuki Haga Ducati Xerox 135 points 2. (2) Ben Spies Yamaha WSB 95 3. (3) Max Neukirchner Suzuki Alstare Brux 65 4. (11) Michel Fabrizio Ducati Xerox 60 5. (5) Leon Haslam Stiggy Honda 58 6. (7) Regis Laconi DFX Ducati 56 7. (4) Max Biaggi Aprilia 54 8. (6) Tom Sykes Yamaha WSB 47 9. (10) Yukio Kagayama Suzuki Alstare Brux 35 10. (8) Jonathan Rea Ten Kate Honda 33 11. (13) Ryuichi Kiyonari Ten Kate Honda 32 12. (14) Carlos Checa Ten Kate Honda 31 13. (9) Shinya Nakano Aprilia 27 14. (16) Shane Byrne Sterilgarda Ducati 26 15. (12) Troy Corser BMW Alpha 23 16. (15) Jakub Smrz Guandalini Ducati 18 17. (17) Ruben Xaus BMW Alpha 17 18. (-) Roberto Rolfo Stiggy Honda 9 19. (20) Broc Parkes Kawasaki WSB 8 20. (18) Tommy Hill Althea Honda 6 21. (19) Roberto Rolfo Stiggy Honda 3 22. (-) Makoto Tamada Kawasaki WSB 2

Full World Superbike Championship rider standings (After 3 rounds of 14 - Previous position in brackets)

1. (1) Ducati 135 points 2. (2) Yamaha 110 3. (3) Honda 73 4. (5) Suzuki 65 5. (4) Aprilia 57 6. (6) BMW 31 7. (7) Kawasaki 8

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