Ben Spies made his first big indentation on Noriyuki Haga's championship lead with his double victory at Miller Motorsports Park, the American taking a 35 point chunk out of his rival's advantage.

Although it still leaves him playing catch up with 53 points to claw back, Spies' perfect weekend - coupled to Haga's rather forgettable one - means the title is far from a foregone conclusion as the season tips over the half way point.

While he loses his place to Spies in the standings, two podiums for Michel Fabrizio means he is being dragged along too, just eleven points behing in third place.

Further back, big changes see Jonathan Rea resume Ten Kate's role as Honda's top representative in WSBK following a fifth and third place finish, the Northern Irishman capitalising on Leon Haslam's last lap tumble to jump up to fourth overall. Max Biaggi follows him through to fifth on the Aprilia, leaving Haslam sixth, but just eleven points off Rea.

A good weekend overall for the Ten Kate team, Ryuichi Kiyonari and Carlos Checa are up to eighth and ninth respectively, while Jakub Smrz moves into the top ten on the Guandalini Ducati too.

Three more point scorers swell the ranks this weekend, with Jamie Hacking, Lorenzo Lanzi and Jake Zemke all scoring at Miller, and while there is no change in the manufacturer standings, Aprilia pulls further away from Suzuki, while Kawasaki made good in-roads on sixth place BMW.

Full World Superbike Championship rider standings (After 7 rounds of 14 - Previous position in brackets)

1. (1) Noriyuki Haga Ducati Xerox 265 points 2. (3) Ben Spies Yamaha WSB 212 3. (2) Michel Fabrizio Ducati Xerox 201 4. (5) Jonathan Rea Ten Kate Honda 133 5. (6) Max Biaggi Aprilia 126 6. (4) Leon Haslam Stiggy Honda 122 7. (7) Tom Sykes Yamaha WSB 113 8. (11) Ryuichi Kiyonari Ten Kate Honda 96 9. (10) Carlos Checa Ten Kate Honda 93 10. (13) Jakub Smrz Guandalini Ducati 82 11. (12) Yukio Kagayama Suzuki Alstare Brux 76 12. (8) Regis Laconi DFX Ducati 77 13. (9) Max Neukirchner Suzuki Alstare Brux 75 14. (14) Shinya Nakano Aprilia 61 15. (15) Shane Byrne Sterilgarda Ducati 58 16. (16) Ruben Xaus BMW Alpha 40 17. (17) Troy Corser BMW Alpha 36 18. (18) Broc Parkes Kawasaki WSB 25 19. (20) Gregorio Lavilla Guandalini Ducati 11 20. (19) John Hopkins Stiggy Honda 9 21. (-) Jamie Hacking Kawasaki WSB 9 22. (21) Sheridan Morais Kawasaki WSB 8 23. (22) Tommy Hill Althea Honda 6 24. (23) Karl Muggeridge Celani Suzuki 4 25. (29) Fonsi Nieto Suzuki Alstare Brux 4 26. (24) Brendan Roberts Guandalini Ducati 3 27. (25) Roberto Rolfo Stiggy Honda 3 28. (26) Matteo Baiocco PSG-1 Kawasaki 3 29. (27) Luca Scassa Pedercini Kawasaki 3 30. (28) Makoto Tamada Kawasaki WSB 2 31. (-) Lorenzo Lanzi DFX Ducati 2 32. (-) Jake Zemke Stiggy Honda 1

Full World Superbike Championship rider standings (After 7 rounds of 14 - Previous position in brackets)

1. (1) Ducati 311 points 2. (2) Yamaha 253 3. (3) Honda 206 4. (4) Aprilia 129 5. (5) Suzuki 113 6. (6) BMW 60 7. (7) Kawasaki 41

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