WSBK standings after Nurburgring

While there hasn't been too much movement in the World Superbike standings following the eleventh round of the championship at the Nurburgring, it is only one particular change that really matters here.

After months of chasing as he watches the margin rise and fall with every win and retirement, Ben Spies can now celebrate being the World Superbike Championship leader.

The first time this season that Noriyuki Haga has been knocked off his perch at the head of the standings, although Spies was aided by his rival's retirement in race two, the American was very much poised to snatch the initiative.

The gap of 18 points is comfortable too, but Haga is by no means out of contention – Spies will be the first to say six races can mean an awful lot in this rollercoaster season!

Meanwhile, the title battle is probably down to just two riders now after Michel Fabrizio fell away, the Italian now coming into sight for Jonathan Rea, whose second win of the season puts him an achievable 45 points adrift of the Ducati rider.

Max Biaggi is hanging onto Rea gamely after a pair of top five finishes, results that also helped put a bit more air between himself and Leon Haslam, the Briton battling gamely but losing touch in the battle for fourth now.

Carlos Checa was another top ten mover, switching positions with Tom Sykes after his double podium turn, but changes are limited elsewhere. Even so, Troy Corser is well placed to haul BMW closer to the top ten overall after a strong performance at the Nurburgring, the Australian currently 16th, but needing just a handful of points to leapfrog three riders to 13th now.

There are no changes in the manufacturer standings, although Yamaha have reduced Ducati's advantage to 32 points, while BMW are making small inroads on Suzuki in the battle for fifth.

Full World Superbike Championship rider standings (After 11 rounds of 14 - Previous position in brackets)

1. (2) Ben Spies Yamaha WSB 364
2. (1) Noriyuki Haga Ducati Xerox 346 points
3. (3) Michel Fabrizio Ducati Xerox 289
4. (4) Jonathan Rea Ten Kate Honda 244
5. (5) Max Biaggi Aprilia 224
6. (6) Leon Haslam Stiggy Honda 201
7. (8) Carlos Checa Ten Kate Honda 177
8. (7) Tom Sykes Yamaha WSB 165
9. (9) Shane Byrne Sterilgarda Ducati 140
10. (10) Jakub Smrz Guandalini Ducati 140
11. (11) Ryuichi Kiyonari Ten Kate Honda 130
12. (12) Yukio Kagayama Suzuki Alstare Brux 103
13. (13) Shinya Nakano Aprilia 86
14. (14) Regis Laconi DFX Ducati 77
15. (15) Max Neukirchner Suzuki Alstare Brux 75
16. (16) Troy Corser BMW Alpha 71
17. (17) Ruben Xaus BMW Alpha 50
18. (18) Broc Parkes Kawasaki WSB 34
19. (19) Matthieu Lagrive Althea Honda 24
20. (20) John Hopkins Stiggy Honda 17
21. (22) Fonsi Nieto Suzuki Alstare Brux/DFX Ducati 17
22. (21) Leon Camier Airwaves Yamaha 13
23. (23) Gregorio Lavilla Guandalini Ducati 12
24. (24) Lorenzo Lanzi DFX Ducati 10
25. (25) Jamie Hacking Kawasaki WSB 9
26. (26) Makoto Tamada Kawasaki WSB 8
27. (27) James Ellison Airwaves Yamaha 8
28. (28) Sheridan Morais Kawasaki WSB 8
29. (31) Karl Muggeridge Celani Suzuki/Suzuki Alstare Brux 8
30. (29) Simon Andrews MSS Colchester Kawasaki 6
31. (30) Tommy Hill Althea Honda 6
32. (35) Luca Scassa Pedercini Kawasaki 5
33. (32) Brendan Roberts Guandalini Ducati 3
34. (33) Roberto Rolfo Stiggy Honda 3
36. (34) Matteo Baiocco PSG-1 Kawasaki 3
37. (38) Vittorio Iannuzzo SCI Honda 2
38. (36) Jake Zemke Stiggy Honda 1
39. (37) Alessandro Polita Celani Suzuki 1

Full World Superbike Championship manufacturer standings (After 11 rounds of 14 - Previous position in brackets)

1. (1) Ducati 439 points
2. (2) Yamaha 407
3. (3) Honda 347
4. (4) Aprilia 231
5. (5) Suzuki 143
6. (6) BMW 105
7. (7) Kawasaki 56

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Spies, German WSBK Race 2 2009
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Rea, U.S. WSBK Race 1, 2016.
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Rea, Sykes, Giugliano, U.S. WSBK Race 1, 2016.
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Sykes, Davies, Rea, U.S. WSBK Race 1, 2016.

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September 10, 2009 11:30 PM

Well Slammy, once again you get the 'thumbs down' for telling it like it is. Those in the know recognize Spies for what he is - a phenom who will more than likely take the Championship his rookie season. Haga was dumb not to play things conservatively once he got up 88 points - he probably would have limped in with the Championship.

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