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WSBK Championship standings - Monza

Max Biaggi's double victory at Monza puts him back on terms with Leon Haslam, but it's a bad day for Jonathan Rea and Carlos Checa.
While there hasn't been too much movement in the World Superbike Championship standings in terms of positions, Monza has arguably proven to be the most significant event yet for the 2010 title race.

Max Biaggi's second 'double' of the season has all but dismissed Leon Haslam's fairly healthy 20 point advantage heading into the weekend, the Suzuki rider's decent fourth and second place finishes proving no match for Biaggi's full 50 points.

Nonetheless, Haslam holds firm in the lead, a slender three points up on Biaggi, but while the gap between the top two is the smallest it has been since the start of the year, the title race seems increasingly destined to be a two-horse race.

Jonathan Rea remains third, but the two Assen wins that moved him into that position have been negated by his two DNFs at Monza, the Northern Irishman almost back to square one has he stares at a 71 point deficit to Haslam now.

Indeed, beyond Haslam and Biaggi, it was a tough day for any potential title protagonist as Carlos Checa suffered from his bike's lack of straight line speed to miss the top ten both times. Ironically though, Checa has actually improved his position to join Rea on 110 points.

James Toseland, who managed a fourth straight podium in race one, could have leapfrogged both of them were he not involved in a first corner crash in race two, while Noriyuki Haga remains an underwhelming sixth, albeit just ten points off third.

The big move would instead come from Troy Corser, who retains seventh, but is up to 92 points now on the BMW and is well in contention for third overall. He is one of only four riders to have finished every race this season now, while he is also just four points shy of his overall total from 2009.

Following his dramatic crashes from good positions in three of the last four races, Leon Camier put together a solid pair of results in fourth and fifth, the Aprilia man being rewarded by a leap from 11th to eighth overall.

His performance is also significant because, by going ahead of Sylvain Guintoli, it means Aprilia have moved in front of Suzuki for the lead of the manufacturer standings.

Another dismal day for Michel Fabrizio sees him slip to 11th overall, while Cal Crutchlow's strong performance at Monza hasn't been rewarded as he drops to the bottom of the top ten in tenth.

Elsewhere, special mentions to Ruben Xaus and Tom Sykes, who gave their points' tallies a boost with good results, while Roger Lee Hayden and Broc Parkes get points on the board for the first time to bring the number of scorers this year to 24.

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

1. (1) Leon Haslam Suzuki Alstare 181 points
2. (2) Max Biaggi Aprilia Alitalia 178
3. (3) Jonathan Rea Ten Kate Honda 110
4. (4) Carlos Checa Althea Ducati 110
5. (5) James Toseland Yamaha Sterilgarda 106
6. (6) Noriyuki Haga Ducati Xerox 100
7. (7) Troy Corser BMW Motorrad 92
8. (11) Leon Camier Aprilia Alitalia 72
9. (8) Sylvain Guintoli Suzuki Alstare 70
10. (10) Cal Crutchlow Yamaha Sterilgarda 65
11. (9) Michel Fabrizio Ducati Xerox 62
12. (12) Shane Byrne Althea Ducati 58
13. (13) Jakub Smrz PATA B&G Ducati 47
14. (14) Lorenzo Lanzi DFX Ducati 26
15. (16) Tom Sykes Kawasaki SRT 35
16. (15) Ruben Xaus BMW Motorrad 35
17. (17) Max Neukirchner Ten Kate Honda 23
18. (18) Luca Scassa Supersonic Ducati 16
19. (21) Chris Vermeulen Kawasaki SRT 5
20. (19) Andrew Pitt Reitwagen BMW 3
22. (20) Joshua Brookes Echo CRS Honda 2
22. (-) Roger Lee Hayden Pedercini Kawasaki 2
23. (22) Matteo Baiocco Pedercini Kawasaki 1
24. (-) Broc Parkes Echo CRS Honda 1

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

1. (2) Aprilia 184
2. (1) Suzuki 181 points
3. (3) Ducati 149
4. (4) Honda 119
5. (5) Yamaha 113
6. (6) BMW 95
7. (7) Kawasaki 37



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