For only the second time this season, the World Superbike Championship leaves a venue having not seen at least one race win by runaway series leader Carlos Checa.

A particularly frustrating occurrence for Checa given he dearly wanted to win in front of the Spanish fans visiting Motorland Aragon for the first time this weekend, it merely compounds the dent his DNF in race one caused to his championship advantage.

Indeed, following his run of four straight wins, Max Biaggi has pulled back the advantage from 72 points to a rather more manageable 43 points as the season enters its latter half. Though certainly not a disaster for Checa, there is a sense that the title fight could have been reignited...

Matching Biaggi's points' haul, Marco Melandri remains an outside contender, 66 points adrift of Checa, while he has also forged a 49 point gap between himself and Yamaha team-mate Eugene Laverty, the Irishman now a fairly lonely fourth overall.

Indeed, changes in the overall standings were kept fairly minimal as no-one from fifth place below - with the exception perhaps of Noriyuki Haga and Joan Lascorz - strung two strong results together.

Even so, Leon Camier is up to a career-high of fifth, ahead of Leon Haslam, thanks to his run to the podium in race one, while Michel Fabrizio's useful fourth place in race two has seen him crack the three-figure mark in seventh.

Jonathan Rea retains eighth, despite his absence, though he'll likely lose out to Haga and Ayrton Badovini at Brno, the pair moving into the top ten after climbs from 12th and 11th respectively.

Heading in the other direction are Effenbert-Liberty duo Jakub Smrz - who suffered his second consecutive double DNF in Spain - and Sylvain Guintoli. Tom Sykes will also be frustrated to have not made further gains after scuppering the chance of a double top five, his team-mate Lascorz instead capitalising to sit just three points behind in 14th overall.

In the manufacturers' standings, Checa's DNF saw Ducati lose a large slice of its lead, Aprilia now just 26 points behind in second, while Yamaha aren't out of fight either, a further 22 points adrift. BMW holds down a steady fourth, while just one point splits Suzuki, Honda and Kawasaki in the fight for fifth, Honda having failed to score any points in Spain.

2011 World Superbike Championship rider standings (After round 7 of 13, previous round position in brackets)

1.(1) Carlos Checa Althea Ducati 261 points 2.(2) Max Biaggi Aprilia Alitalia 218 3.(3) Marco Melandri Yamaha SBK 195 4.(4) Eugene Laverty Yamaha SBK 146 5.(6) Leon Camier Aprilia Alitalia 125 6.(5) Leon Haslam BMW Motorrad 120 7.(7) Michel Fabrizio Suzuki Alstare 108 8.(8) Jonathan Rea Castrol Honda 94 9.(12) Noriyuki Haga PATA Aprilia 89 10.(11) Ayrton Badovini BMW Italia 86 11.(9) Jakub Smrz Effenbert-Liberty Ducati 83 12.(10) Sylvain Guintoli Effenbert-Liberty Ducati 82 13.(13) Tom Sykes Kawasaki RTS 76 14.(14) Joan Lascorz Kawasaki Racing 73 15.(15) Troy Corser BMW Motorrad 55 16.(16) Ruben Xaus Castrol Honda 44 17.(17) Roberto Rolfo Pedercini Kawasaki 24 18.(18) Maxime Berger Supersonic Ducati 21 19.(20) Chris Vermeulen Kawasaki Racing 14 20.(19) Mark Aitchison Pedercini Kawasaki 14 21.(21) Josh Waters Yoshimura Suzuki 8 22.(24) Lorenzo Lanzi BMW Italia 7 23.(22) Matteo Baiocco Barni Ducati 4 24.(23) Alessandro Polita Barni Ducati 3 25.(25) Barry Veneman BMW Italia 3 26.(26) James Toseland BMW Italia 3 27.(27) Bryan Staring Pedercini Kawasaki 1 28.(28) Fabrizio Lai Echo CRS Honda 1

2011 World Superbike Championship manufacturer standings

1.(1) Ducati 273 points 2.(2) Aprilia 257 3.(3) Yamaha 235 4.(4) BMW 153 5.(6) Suzuki 112 6.(5) Honda 111 7.(7) Kawasaki 111


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