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WSBK Championship standings - Monza

Eugene Laverty's two wins lift him four positions to fifth overall, though Carlos Checa retains a fairly healthy overall advantage.
There is little doubting as to whom emerged the big mover at the end of the fourth World Superbike Championship round at Monza, Eugene Laverty leaping from ninth to fifth after his excellent double race win.

Not dissimilar to Cal Crutchlow's double win at Silverstone last year – one that also hauled him into the upper echelons of the standings -, though the result doesn't quite make Laverty an obvious title contender, 60 points down on the leader, it could well be the start of something significant for the Irishman.

Despite a fairly anonymous weekend, very much in contrast to what we've seen so far this year, Carlos Checa maintains a fairly healthy overall lead, dropping from 43 points to 27, this time over Marco Melandri.

The damage could have been worse had Max Biaggi not lost an almost certain win in race one, but then Checa suffered problems of his own in the same race.

Elsewhere, Jonathan Rea is fourth overall still, despite a modest sixth and a DNF, while Leon Haslam will also be ruing his unfortunate take down in race two having hauled himself into the reckoning again with third in race one.

Almost slipping under the radar, Michel Fabrizio added an impressive 27 points to his tally at Monza to leave him just 15 points off fourth overall and displacing the luckless Leon Camier and Jakub Smrz.

Other movers outside the top ten include Troy Corser moving from 12th to 11th – one point behind Noriyuki Haga – and Ayrton Badovini, who leapfrogs both Kawasaki riders and the Castrol Honda of Ruben Xaus.

While Checa's advantage in the rider standings is still good, things look a little more perilous for Ducati in the manufacturer reckoning, Yamaha's double win putting it just five points adrift, while Aprilia is also just a further eight points behind. BMW, meanwhile, move from fifth to fourth at the expense of Honda.

2011 World Superbike Championship rider standings (After round 4 of 13, previous round position in brackets)

1.(1) Carlos Checa Althea Ducati 145 points
2.(3) Marco Melandri Yamaha SBK118
3.(2) Max Biaggi Aprilia Alitalia117
4.(4) Jonathan Rea Castrol Honda 89
5.(9) Eugene Laverty Yamaha SBK85
6.(5) Leon Haslam BMW Motorrad 84
7.(8) Michel Fabrizio Suzuki Alstare 74
8.(6) Leon Camier Aprilia Alitalia 58
9.(7) Jakub Smrz Effenbert-Liberty Ducati 55
10.(10) Noriyuki Haga PATA Aprilia 47
11.(12) Troy Corser BMW Motorrad 46
12.(15) Ayrton Badovini BMW Italia 35
13.(12) Tom Sykes Kawasaki RTS 34
14.(11) Joan Lascorz Kawasaki Racing 33
15.(14) Ruben Xaus Castrol Honda 31
16.(16) Sylvain Guintoli Effenbert-Liberty Ducati 29
17.(17) Roberto Rolfo Pedercini Kawasaki 15
18.(18) Mark Aitchison Pedercini Kawasaki 9
19.(19) Maxime Berger Supersonic Ducati 5
20.(20) Barry Veneman BMW Italia 3
21.(21) Josh Waters Yoshimura Suzuki 3
22.(22) James Toseland BMW Italia 2
23.(23) Bryan Staring Pedercini Kawasaki 1
24.(-) Fabrizio Lai Echo CRS Honda 1

2011 World Superbike Championship manufacturer standings

1.(1) Ducati 152 points
2.(3) Yamaha 147
3.(2) Aprilia 139
4.(5) BMW 101
5.(4) Honda 93
6.(6) Suzuki 74
7.(7) Kawasaki 53



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