The fight is well and truly on for the 2009 World Superbike Championship after Ben Spies was able to whittle Noriyuki Haga's advantage down to seven points ahead of the prolonged summer break.

With Haga labouring with his shoulder and wrist injury, Spies had a perfect opportunity to capitalise, but while he went on to win race two, retirement in the first encounter at the hands of Michel Fabrizio means the Japanese rider stays in charge.

Crucially, he now has more than a month to get back to full fitness before the title fight resumes with eight races remaining.

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Elsewhere, the big winner from Brno was Max Biaggi, his victory and second place finish pushing him back up to fifth overall and just six points adrift of Jonathan Rea in the battle for fourth.

Carlos Checa and Shane Byrne have also made up ground by leapfrogging Jakub Smrz to eighth and ninth respectively, although all three remain close on points.

Further back, Troy Corser is now BMW's leading representative after producing their first ever top five result, while other notable gainers include Matthieu Lagrive and Makoto Tamada, both of whom finished inside the top ten during the first race.

Finally, one more rider has made it onto the leaderboard after Vittorio Iannuzzo recorded his and the Squadra Corse Italia's first point of the season.

Full World Superbike Championship rider standings (After 10 rounds of 14 - Previous position in brackets)

1. (1) Noriyuki Haga Ducati Xerox 326 points 2. (2) Ben Spies Yamaha WSB 319 3. (3) Michel Fabrizio Ducati Xerox 273 4. (4) Jonathan Rea Ten Kate Honda 206 5. (6) Max Biaggi Aprilia 200 6. (5) Leon Haslam Stiggy Honda 180 7. (7) Tom Sykes Yamaha WSB 150 8. (9) Carlos Checa Ten Kate Honda 145 8. (10) Shane Byrne Sterilgarda Ducati 135 10. (8) Jakub Smrz Guandalini Ducati 132 11. (11) Ryuichi Kiyonari Ten Kate Honda 119 12. (12) Yukio Kagayama Suzuki Alstare Brux 96 13. (13) Shinya Nakano Aprilia 86 14. (14) Regis Laconi DFX Ducati 77 15. (15) Max Neukirchner Suzuki Alstare Brux 75 16. (17) Troy Corser BMW Alpha 53 17. (16) Ruben Xaus BMW Alpha 50 18. (18) Broc Parkes Kawasaki WSB 31 19. (22) Matthieu Lagrive Althea Honda 19 20. (19) John Hopkins Stiggy Honda 17 21. (20) Leon Camier Airwaves Yamaha 13 22. (27) Fonsi Nieto Suzuki Alstare Brux/DFX Ducati 13 23. (21) Gregorio Lavilla Guandalini Ducati 12 24. (24) Lorenzo Lanzi DFX Ducati 10 25. (23) Jamie Hacking Kawasaki WSB 9 26. (35) Makoto Tamada Kawasaki WSB 8 27. (25) James Ellison Airwaves Yamaha 8 28. (26) Sheridan Morais Kawasaki WSB 8 29. (28) Simon Andrews MSS Colchester Kawasaki 6 30. (29) Tommy Hill Althea Honda 6 31. (30) Karl Muggeridge Celani Suzuki 4 32. (31) Brendan Roberts Guandalini Ducati 3 33. (32) Roberto Rolfo Stiggy Honda 3 34. (33) Matteo Baiocco PSG-1 Kawasaki 3 35. (34) Luca Scassa Pedercini Kawasaki 3 36. (36) Jake Zemke Stiggy Honda 1 37. (37) Alessandro Polita Celani Suzuki 1 38. (-) Vittorio Iannuzzo SCI Honda 1

Full World Superbike Championship manufacturer standings (After 10 rounds of 14 - Previous position in brackets)

1. (1) Ducati 412 points 2. (2) Yamaha 362 3. (3) Honda 306 4. (4) Aprilia 207 5. (5) Suzuki 133 6. (6) BMW 87 7. (7) Kawasaki 53