In the year it decided to take a sabbatical from World Superbike Championship racing as an official entity, Ducati is well on the way to regaining the manufacturers' standings following a strong weekend in Germany.

Thanks to the primary efforts Carlos Checa and Althea Racing, which has contributed 376 of its 400 points' total, Ducati has begun to pull away from rivals Yamaha and Aprilia following three wins and one second place finish in the last four races.

Indeed, Checa's three victories, plus Sylvain Guintoli's run to second at the Nurburgring, have had a hugely beneficial effect on Ducati's hopes having commanded just a three point advantage over Aprilia - and 25 points over Yamaha - pre-Silverstone.

With Max Biaggi not racing for Aprilia at the Nurburgring, the reigning champion suffered from its non-score during race two, the first time that has occurred since its comeback season in 2009.

As such, Aprilia has dropped to third in the standings behind Yamaha, who take up the mantle of Ducati's closest challenger, though it now finds itself 49 points behind. Despite Noriyuki Haga's best efforts on the PATA machine, Aprilia is now 64 points behind.

Should Ducati go on to seal the manufacturer crown, it will represent its 17th title win, though this will be its first without full factory backing.

Elsewhere, in the manufacturer standings, BMW remains on course for its best-ever WSBK finish in fourth place, while Kawasaki's first win in five years at the Nurburgring has hauled them up to fifth, ahead of Suzuki and Honda.