After wobbling at Motorland Aragon and Brno, Carlos Checa all but restored his previous World Superbike Championship advantage in just two races at Silverstone, the long-time series leader more than doubling his lead to 62 points.

Having played second fiddle to both Max Biaggi and Marco Melandri over the last two events, a return to dominant form for Checa in the United Kingdom, coupled to a fairly average day for Biaggi, has seen him head off the threat from his rivals.

Biaggi maintains second place, but his advantage over Melandri has shrunk to nine points after the Yamaha rider's double podium finish, the battle for Italian supremacy now very much on.

A pair of second place finishes puts Eugene Laverty 50 points clear of Leon Haslam, though he remains 64 points adrift of Melandri as he looks fairly settled in fourth overall. Two solid finishes keeps BMW's Haslam in fifth place, ahead of Leon Camier and Michel Fabrizio - who both suffered DNFs -, while Ayrton Badovini ensures the top eight remain as they were at the end of the weekend.

Behind them, Sylvain Guintoli bounces back into the top ten after two strong rides through the field, demoting double non-finisher Noriyuki Haga to tenth, while Joan Lascorz brings himself onto the cusp of the single digits in 11th.

Further back, John Hopkins is a strong 'new entry' in 19th after his impressive wild-card performances, while James Toseland jumps from 26th to 22nd after scoring in both races aboard the BMW Italia.

In the manufacturer standings, Checa's wins have pulled Ducati clear once more, though Yamaha and Aprilia remain in touch in second and third, the pair level on points.

2011 World Superbike Championship rider standings (After round 9 of 13, previous round position in brackets)

1.(1) Carlos Checa Althea Ducati 343 points 2.(2) Max Biaggi Aprilia Alitalia 281 3.(3) Marco Melandri Yamaha SBK 272 4.(4) Eugene Laverty Yamaha SBK 208 5.(5) Leon Haslam BMW Motorrad 158 6.(6) Leon Camier Aprilia Alitalia 146 7.(7) Michel Fabrizio Suzuki Alstare 141 8.(8) Ayrton Badovini BMW Italia 118 9.(11) Sylvain Guintoli Effenbert-Liberty Ducati 109 10.(9) Noriyuki Haga PATA Aprilia 99 11.(13) Joan Lascorz Kawasaki Racing 97 12.(10) Jonathan Rea Castrol Honda 94 13.(12) Jakub Smrz Effenbert-Liberty Ducati 93 14.(14) Tom Sykes Kawasaki RTS 84 15.(15) Troy Corser BMW Motorrad 62 16.(16) Ruben Xaus Castrol Honda 44 17.(18) Maxime Berger Supersonic Ducati 36 18.(17) Roberto Rolfo Pedercini Kawasaki 34 19.(-) John Hopkins Samsung Crescent Suzuki 20 20.(19) Mark Aitchison Pedercini Kawasaki 20 21.(20) Chris Vermeulen Kawasaki Racing 14 22.(26) James Toseland BMW Italia 10 23.(21) Lorenzo Lanzi BMW Italia 10 24.(22) Josh Waters Yoshimura Suzuki 8 25.(23) Matteo Baiocco Barni Ducati 4 26.(24) Alessandro Polita Barni Ducati 3 27.(25) Barry Veneman BMW Italia 3 28.(-) Jon Kirkham Samsung Crescent Suzuki 3 29.(27) Bryan Staring Pedercini Kawasaki 1 30.(28) Fabrizio Lai Echo CRS Honda 1 31.(29) Alex Lowes Castrol Honda 1 32.(30) Viktor Kispataki Prop-Tech Honda 1

2011 World Superbike Championship manufacturer standings

1.(1) Ducati 355 points 2.(3) Yamaha 320 3.(2) Aprilia 320 4.(4) BMW 194 5.(5) Suzuki 158 6.(6) Kawasaki 137 7.(7) Honda 113


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