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Carlos Checa's World Superbike Championship lead grows to 61 points over Marco Melandri, while Eugene Laverty reaches a new best of fourth overall.
Having missed out on a probable 50 points at Miller Motorsports Park last year, few will have begrudged Carlos Checa the opportunity to make amends this time around.

Even the onset of wet weather during Superpole couldn't unsettle the Spaniard, who romped to two dominant victories on a day when Marco Melandri and Max Biaggi took a blow in their efforts to catch the Ducati rider.

Indeed, a perfect points' haul extends Checa's advantage from 27 points to 61 over Melandri, who was lucky for Biaggi's race one DNF following a rather low-key performance on the Yamaha. Biaggi, meanwhile, remains just a single point adrift in third.

However, both are now well within the sights of the ever-impoving Eugene Laverty, who despite missing the podium, lifts himself to fourth overall, just 24 points off the battle for second position.

It also moves him slightly clear of a crowded tussle for fifth place, with just 12 points covering that position down to ninth. Leon Haslam leads the way, the BMW rider interestingly moving up a place at the expense of Jonathan Rea despite a rather disappointing two races.

Indeed, the struggles of both Haslam and Rea have allowed Leon Camier, Michael Fabrizio and Jakub Smrz onto their tail, the trio enjoying at least one good race in the United States.

A large gap – 29 points to be exact - has now opened up to tenth place man Sylvain Guintoli, who at least had the honour of leaping up six positions following his run to third in race one, ahead of Noriyuki Haga and Ayrton Badovini, who has now overtaken factory BMW rider Troy Corser for 12th overall.

Having lost ground at Monza, Ducati has upped his advantage to 30 points in the manufacturer standings, this time ahead of Aprilia, who sneak a single point in front of Yamaha. BMW stays firm in fourth, pulling away from Honda, while Suzuki and Kawasaki enjoyed fruitful points' hauls in sixth and seventh.

2011 World Superbike Championship rider standings (After round 5 of 13, previous round position in brackets)

1.(1) Carlos Checa Althea Ducati 195 points
2.(2) Marco Melandri Yamaha SBK134
3.(3) Max Biaggi Aprilia Alitalia133
4.(5) Eugene Laverty Yamaha SBK109
5.(6) Leon Haslam BMW Motorrad 95
6.(4) Jonathan Rea Castrol Honda 94
7.(8) Leon Camier Aprilia Alitalia 91
8.(7) Michel Fabrizio Suzuki Alstare 85
9.(9) Jakub Smrz Effenbert-Liberty Ducati 83
10.(16) Sylvain Guintoli Effenbert-Liberty Ducati 54
11.(10) Noriyuki Haga PATA Aprilia 54
12.(12) Ayrton Badovini BMW Italia 51
13.(13) Tom Sykes Kawasaki RTS 50
14.(11) Troy Corser BMW Motorrad 49
15.(14) Joan Lascorz Kawasaki Racing 39
16.(15) Ruben Xaus Castrol Honda 31
17.(17) Roberto Rolfo Pedercini Kawasaki 15
18.(19) Maxime Berger Supersonic Ducati 12
19.(18) Mark Aitchison Pedercini Kawasaki 9
20.(21) Josh Waters Yoshimura Suzuki 8
21.(20) Barry Veneman BMW Italia 3
22.(22) James Toseland BMW Italia 3
23.(23) Bryan Staring Pedercini Kawasaki 1
24.(24) Fabrizio Lai Echo CRS Honda 1

2011 World Superbike Championship manufacturer standings

1.(1) Ducati 202 points
2.(3) Aprilia 172
3.(2) Yamaha 171
4.(4) BMW 117
5.(5) Honda 98
6.(6) Suzuki 89
7.(7) Kawasaki 69



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