Ducati pulls clear in manufacturer battle

Ducati establishes a healthy advantage over Yamaha and Aprilia in the manufacturer standings, despite the lack of official factory backing.
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.

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Jake - Unregistered

September 08, 2011 10:27 AM

keech998, the reason no one complained about the yamaha cross plane and the aprilia v4 is because both were great examples of innovative engineering and deserve the credit for that. Ducati have just been allowed to up the CC to compensate for their crap engine. Just because the design of their bike is crap, what should they get special treatment? Just improve it within the rules! Thats what competing is all about, not kicking up a fuss to be able to have a bigger engine. Its just wrong and makes a mockery of their 'acheivements'. Hollow titles indeed, expect for the ones where they had the same size engine. Maybe Rossi should ask for 200cc more because they have a crap frame? No, just change the frame to something that works, dont change the rules to suit!

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