Max Biaggi's double victory at Monza has seen Aprilia move into the lead of the World Superbike Manufacturers' standings for the very first time.
The Italian romped to victory in both races to close the gap on Leon Haslam in the overall standings, but with team-mate Leon Camier also scoring well just behind, Aprilia has now moved ahead of Suzuki in the manufacturer reckoning.
A particularly impressive feat for the Italian operation, not least because it was achieved on home ground, neither Aprilia nor Suzuki are gaining any additional help from any satellite operations.
Biaggi's success was also witnessed by Roberto Colaninno, the president of the Piaggio Group that owns the Aprilia brand.
“A great Sunday, all Italian: from the track, to the rider, to the bike, to the tyres, to the petrol and the three coloured plumage of the sponsor: It is Italy flying. Max Biaggi's double victory at Monza is proof of Aprilia's technological superiority and of it's key product, the RSV4, ridden by an extraordinary champion.”
It was a good day for the Yamaha, BMW and Kawasaki marques too as they each managed breakthrough results, although Yamaha will be cursing being unable to jump Honda for fourth overall after a double DNF in the second race.
By contrast, Honda had a dismal race day, scoring just eight points after lead rider Jonathan Rea failed to finish either race, while Ducati – despite having seven bikes on the grid – managed no more than 19 points on home soil.