18 April 2011
WSBK Championship standings - Assen
Carlos Checa ups his status to 'hot favourite' as he pulls 43 points clear after six races at Assen.
Another weekend, another win for Carlos Checa as he wrapped up his fourth victory in six races at Assen, the Spaniard extending his advantage in the standings from 19 points to a mammoth 43.
Benefitting from Marco Melandri's failure to finish in race two, Checa has Biaggi for close – yet distant – company in second position, the Italian composing himself after his Donington Park dramas to claim a solid pair of second places.
Melandri remains in third position, despite blotting his copybook, though both he and Biaggi have been joined for company in the upper echelons by Jonathan Rea, whose victory places him ten and six points adrift of the pair.
Consistent, if not spectacular, Leon Haslam remains a good fifth for BMW after a tough weekend for the manufacturer, while Leon Camier makes a small jump to sixth, despite gearbox woes ruining his first race.
Though they ultimately failed to capitalise on their front row starting positions, Jakub Smrz, Eugene Laverty and Noriyuki Haga are seventh, ninth and tenth, while Michel Fabrizio went in the other direction with his strong pair of results from 13th. He remains eighth overall.
Further back, four riders tie on 26 points, though Joan Lascorz leads Troy Corser, Tom Sykes and Ruben Xaus by virtue of his better fifth place finish at Donington Park.
Meanwhile, Maxime Berger finally cracked the top fifteen to claim his first points for Supersonic Ducati, while BMW Italia stand-in Barry Veneman also scored on his WSBK debut in 13th.
In the manufacturer standings, Checa is ensuring that Ducati are romping away in the year they have no factory-backed involvement. Aprilia are back ahead of Yamaha, while Honda have leapfrogged BMW and Suzuki has sneaked past Kawasaki.
2011 World Superbike Championship rider standings (After round 3 of 13, previous round position in brackets)
1.(1) Carlos Checa Althea Ducati 132 points
2.(4) Max Biaggi Aprilia Alitalia89
3.(2) Marco Melandri Yamaha SBK85
4.(6) Jonathan Rea Castrol Honda 79
5.(3) Leon Haslam BMW Motorrad 68
6.(7) Leon Camier Aprilia Alitalia 50
7.(5) Jakub Smrz Effenbert-Liberty Ducati 49
8.(8) Michel Fabrizio Suzuki Alstare 47
9.(12) Eugene Laverty Yamaha SBK35
10.(9) Noriyuki Haga PATA Aprilia 34
11.(11) Joan Lascorz Kawasaki Racing 26
12.(13) Troy Corser BMW Motorrad 26
13.(10) Tom Sykes Kawasaki RTS 26
14.(14) Ruben Xaus Castrol Honda 26
15.(15) Ayrton Badovini BMW Italia 20
16.(17) Sylvain Guintoli Effenbert-Liberty Ducati 16
17.(16) Roberto Rolfo Pedercini Kawasaki 12
18.(21) Mark Aitchison Pedercini Kawasaki 7
19.(-) Maxime Berger Supersonic Ducati 3
20.(-) Barry Veneman BMW Italia 3
21.(18) Josh Waters Yoshimura Suzuki 3
22.(19) James Toseland BMW Italia 2
23.(20) Bryan Staring Pedercini Kawasaki 1
2011 World Superbike Championship manufacturer standings
1.(1) Ducati 136 points
2.(3) Aprilia 106
3.(2) Yamaha 97
4.(5) Honda 79
5.(4) BMW 74
6.(7) Suzuki 47
7.(6) Kawasaki 43
Tagged as: Honda , Yamaha , Kawasaki , Ducati , Suzuki , BMW , Aprilia , superbikes , Leon Camier , Assen , James Toseland , Noriyuki Haga , Marco Melandri , Leon Haslam , Eugene Laverty
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