As Max Biaggi pulls out a 68 point lead in the World Superbike standings, it seems surprising to think Leon Haslam was actually ahead of the Italian just five races ago.

Indeed, it's a measure Biaggi's dominance over the last three rounds that goes a long way to explaining his sudden surge into an advantage that even Haslam will admit is looking somewhat unassailable with four rounds remaining.

While Biaggi's relentless form potentially puts paid to any hope of a showdown, battles continue to rage further down the order as the pendulum swings between those that are able to retain some kind of consistency and those that spike in form.

Most notably, Jonathan Rea's swift turnaround between Misano and Brno has seen him jump back up to third place in the standings, ahead of the rather steadier Carlos Checa, although the Spaniard continues to keep Noriyuki Haga at arm's length, despite being out-scored by the factory Ducati rider this weekend.

Troy Corser's withdrawal through injury was costly to his chances of remaining in contention for third in the standings, the ever-improving BMW rider dropping a spot to seventh behind James Toseland, while he is now just two points up on Michel Fabrizio too.

In fact, things remain close between seventh down to 11th, with Leon Camir, Cal Crutchlow and Sylvain Guintoli all tied on 138 points, just eleven adrift of Corser.

Elsewhere, Ruben Xaus should have given his tally a big boost had he completed his run to third in race two, the Spaniard nonetheless leapfrogging Jakub Smrz - who hasn't scored in six races now - up to 13th.

The biggest climber of the weekend, however, was Broc Parkes, who scored twice for Echo CRS Honda, to move him up to 20th - just one point behind the man that replaced his at Kawasaki SRT, Chris Vermeulen.

In the manufacturer standings, Aprilia continue to gallop away, although Suzuki can thank Guintoli for preventing the Italian manufacturer from adding too many points to its margin this weekend. Honda, meanwhile, has leapfrogged back past Yamaha in the battle for fourth too.

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

1. (1) Max Biaggi Aprilia Alitalia 352 points 2. (2) Leon Haslam Suzuki Alstare 284 3. (4) Jonathan Rea Ten Kate Honda 203 4. (3) Carlos Checa Althea Ducati 189 5. (5) Noriyuki Haga Ducati Xerox 172 6. (7) James Toseland Yamaha Sterilgarda 160 7. (6) Troy Corser BMW Motorrad 149 8. (8) Michel Fabrizio Ducati Xerox 147 9. (9) Leon Camier Aprilia Alitalia 138 10. (10) Cal Crutchlow Yamaha Sterilgarda 138 11. (11) Sylvain Guintoli Suzuki Alstare 138 12. (12) Shane Byrne Althea Ducati 108 13. (14) Ruben Xaus BMW Motorrad 64 14. (13) Jakub Smrz PATA B&G Ducati/Aprilia 61 15. (15) Luca Scassa Supersonic Ducati 53 16. (16) Tom Sykes Kawasaki SRT 48 17. (18) Lorenzo Lanzi DFX Ducati 44 18. (17) Max Neukirchner Ten Kate Honda 35 19. (19) Chris Vermeulen Kawasaki SRT 10 20. (24) Broc Parkes Echo CRS Honda 9 21. (23) Roger Lee Hayden Pedercini Kawasaki 7 22. (20) Sheridan Morais EmTek Aprilia 3 23. (25) Matteo Baiocco Pedercini Kawasaki 3 24. (21) Andrew Pitt Reitwagen BMW 3 25. (22) Joshua Brookes Echo CRS Honda 2

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

1. (1) Aprilia 358 points 2. (2) Suzuki 305 3. (3) Ducati 276 4. (5) Honda 214 5. (4) Yamaha 206 6. (6) BMW 163 7. (7) Kawasaki 55


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