5 September 2011
WSBK Championship standings - Nurburgring
Carlos Checa was an unsurprising winner at the Nurburgring, unlike race two victor Tom Sykes.
If the first World Superbike race of the day at the Nurburgring went to the formbook, then the second race certainly threw it out of the window as Carlos Checa and Tom Sykes leave Germany as winners under two very different circumstances.
The pre-race withdrawal of Max Biaggi means Checa is looking increasingly likely to secure a first WSBK crown, the Spaniard's 11th win of the season proving little surprise to those that witnessed his superb Superpole performance a day earlier.
However, when the rain came, 'King Carlos' was a mere pawn as he favoured caution on the way to a very unspectacular eighth place. Despite this, his earlier success – and problems for others – means he still scored more points than any other rider in Germany, lifting his advantage up to 72 points now with six races to go and a maximum of 150 points available.
Marco Melandri is now his closest challenger in second having cracked the 300-point marker, while Biaggi will be close to conceding his crown as he slips just five points off a full ton behind Checa.
Eugene Laverty remains fourth after two more good top five finishes, while Leon Haslam will have surprised himself to increase his advantage over Leon Camier, despite crashes in both races.
Camier holds onto sixth, aided by Michel Fabrizio's failure to score in either race, but they are coming under pressure from the very consistent Sylvain Guintoli and Ayrton Badovini. Guintoli was one of the day's big winners with a run to second and sixth, placing him just 15 points behind Camier, while Badovini's 12th and 13th consecutive top ten finishes means he is just five points behind himself.
Noriyuki Haga holds down tenth after a strong ride to third in the first race, though his mind will be focused on the 25 he dropped when he fell from the lead in race two.
He also heads up a very tight group of riders all jostling for an overall top ten position, with just six points covering himself, Tom Sykes – up three places thanks to his surprise win -, Jonathan Rea, Joan Lascorz and Jakub Smrz, the latter recovering some much needed ground with third after retiring from seven of the last ten races.
Things have also stretched out in the manufacturers' standings, with Ducati now 49 points up on Yamaha, while Aprilia – suffering from Biaggi's withdrawal, despite Haga's best efforts – is now 64 points from retaining its title.
Behind them, BMW remain a lonely fourth, while Kawasaki is up to a new high of fifth following its win, ahead of Suzuki and Honda.
2011 World Superbike Championship rider standings (After round 10 of 13, previous round position in brackets)
1.(1) Carlos Checa Althea Ducati 376 points
2.(3) Marco Melandri Yamaha SBK 302
3.(2) Max Biaggi Aprilia Alitalia 281
4.(4) Eugene Laverty Yamaha SBK 232
5.(5) Leon Haslam BMW Motorrad 176
6.(6) Leon Camier Aprilia Alitalia 154
7.(7) Michel Fabrizio Suzuki Alstare 141
8.(9) Sylvain Guintoli Effenbert-Liberty Ducati 139
9.(8) Ayrton Badovini BMW Italia 134
10.(10) Noriyuki Haga PATA Aprilia 115
11.(14) Tom Sykes Kawasaki RTS 114
12.(12) Jonathan Rea Castrol Honda 113
13.(11) Joan Lascorz Kawasaki Racing 111
14.(13) Jakub Smrz Effenbert-Liberty Ducati 109
15.(15) Troy Corser BMW Motorrad 67
16.(16) Ruben Xaus Castrol Honda 44
17.(17) Maxime Berger Supersonic Ducati 42
18.(18) Roberto Rolfo Pedercini Kawasaki 39
19.(20) Mark Aitchison Pedercini Kawasaki 24
20.(19) John Hopkins Samsung Crescent Suzuki 20
21.(21) Chris Vermeulen Kawasaki Racing 14
22.(22) James Toseland BMW Italia 13
23.(23) Lorenzo Lanzi BMW Italia 10
24.(24) Josh Waters Yoshimura Suzuki 8
25.(25) Matteo Baiocco Barni Ducati 4
26.(26) Alessandro Polita Barni Ducati 3
27.(27) Barry Veneman BMW Italia 3
28.(28) Jon Kirkham Samsung Crescent Suzuki 3
29.(29) Bryan Staring Pedercini Kawasaki 1
30.(30) Fabrizio Lai Echo CRS Honda 1
31.(31) Alex Lowes Castrol Honda 1
32.(32) Viktor Kispataki Prop-Tech Honda 1
2011 World Superbike Championship manufacturer standings
1.(1) Ducati 400 points
2.(2) Yamaha 351
3.(3) Aprilia 336
4.(4) BMW 214
5.(6) Kawasaki 171
6.(5) Suzuki 158
7.(7) Honda 132
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