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WSBK Championship standings - Assen

Leon Haslam increases his lead in the standings to 20 points over Max Biaggi, although it is Jonathan Rea, James Toseland and Troy Corser that emerge as the big winners from Assen
The results may have been somewhat mixed, but Leon Haslam still came away from the fourth round of the World Superbike Championship with a slightly increased lead in the overall standings.

With the points' system favouring those who reach the podium, Haslam's 11th and second place finishes would prove two points more lucrative than Max Biaggi's sixth and fourth, the Suzuki rider now commanding a 20 point lead heading to Monza.

The big mover, however, has undoubtedly been Jonathan Rea, the Ten Kate Honda rider's double victory at Assen launching him up the order into third position. Although he remains 38 points behind Haslam in the title race, it's worth noting that it was a 63 point deficit prior to the weekend…

Despite dropping a position, Carlos Checa remains strong in fourth having now scored half of his total 2009 tally in just eight races, while he is now a comfortable 18 points up on factory Ducati man Noriyuki Haga, who falls two places to sixth after a disappointing weekend.

With James Toseland up to fifth for Yamaha, it means five different manufacturers now fill the top five positions in the overall standings, while even seventh place Troy Corser on the BMW is not far from making it six in the top six.

It means the manufacturer championship is proving almost as competitive as the riders' series, with Suzuki holding firm by 14 points from Aprilia now, who leapfrog Italian counterparts Ducati in second. However, with Honda just 37 points behind and Yamaha making headway in fifth, this title fight is likely to go to the wire…

2010 World Superbike Championship rider standings (Previous round standings position in brackets)

1. (1) Leon Haslam Suzuki Alstare 148 points
2. (2) Max Biaggi Aprilia Alitalia 128
3. (5) Jonathan Rea Ten Kate Honda 110
4. (3) Carlos Checa Althea Ducati 103
5. (6) James Toseland Yamaha Sterilgarda 86
6. (4) Noriyuki Haga Ducati Xerox 85
7. (9) Troy Corser BMW Motorrad 68
8. (7) Sylvain Guintoli Suzuki Alstare 55
9. (8) Michel Fabrizio Ducati Xerox 53
10. (10) Cal Crutchlow Yamaha Sterilgarda 49
11. (12) Leon Camier Aprilia Alitalia 48
12. (11) Shane Byrne Althea Ducati 48
13. (14) Jakub Smrz PATA B&G Ducati 38
14. (13) Lorenzo Lanzi DFX Ducati 26
15. (15) Ruben Xaus BMW Motorrad 25
16. (16) Tom Sykes Kawasaki SRT 17
17. (17) Max Neukirchner Ten Kate Honda 15
18. (18) Luca Scassa Supersonic Ducati 10
19. (19) Andrew Pitt Reitwagen BMW 3
20. (20) Joshua Brookes Echo CRS Honda 2
21. (-) Chris Vermeulen Kawasaki SRT 2
22. (-) Matteo Baiocco Pedercini Kawasaki 1

2010 World Superbike Championship manufacturer standings (Previous round standings position in brackets)

1. (1) Suzuki 148 points
2. (3) Aprilia 134
3. (2) Ducati 130
4. (4) Honda 111
5. (5) Yamaha 93
6. (6) BMW 69
7. (7) Kawasaki 19



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