Though a fourth and an eighth place finish wouldn't normally suggest a significant change in the overall World Superbike Championship standings, Max Biaggi's modest race day at Assen has actually seen him leapfrog his way to the top of the leaderboard.

An unexpected boost for the Italian at the end of a fairly torrid weekend, Biaggi was fortunate for the rain in race one because his pace in the initial dry phase was only good enough for 13th when it was red flagged. A greater confidence of the wet conditions eventually helped him to a more respectable fourth, though he was relatively off the pace again in the drier race two on the way to eighth.

Nonetheless, with Carlos Checa failing to score in race two and Tom Sykes retiring from the lead in the opening encounter, Biaggi's solid finishers are all he needs to nudge ahead by one point over the Ducati rider and 13 points over the Kawasaki man.

With the top three enjoying mixed fortunes, it is Sylvain Guintoli who has assumed the headlines where the overall standings are concerned, his 1-2 scoreline catapulting him up to fourth, 26 points off Biaggi.

In fact, it was a fairly good day for the chasing pack, with Marco Melandri level on points with Guintoli, while race two winner Jonathan Rea, Leon Haslam and Eugene Laverty are just one, eight and ten points further behind respectively.

Other riders making good gains include Davide Giugliano, who leaps from 17th to tenth after his maiden WSBK podium result, while Michel Fabrizio jumps from 16th to 11th for BMW Italia.

In the manufacturer standings, Guintoli's results have helped Ducati forge a sizeable lead over Aprilia, while BMW have also squeezed ahead of Kawasaki into third, despite its day of missed opportunities.

2012 World Superbike Championship rider standings (After round 3 of 14, previous championship standing in brackets)

1. (2) Max Biaggi Aprilia Racing 92 points
2. (1) Carlos Checa Althea Ducati 91
3. (3) Tom Sykes Kawasaki Racing 79
4. (9) Sylvain Guintoli Effenbert Liberty Ducati 66
5. (5) Marco Melandri BMW Motorrad 66
6. (6) Jonathan Rea Honda WSBK 65
7. (4) Leon Haslam BMW Motorrad 58
8. (8) Eugene Laverty Aprilia Racing 56
9. (7) Jakub Smrz Liberty Effenbert Ducati 39
10. (17) Davide Giugliano Althea Ducati 37
11. (16) Michel Fabrizio BMW Italia GoldBet 26
12. (10) Maxime Berger Effenbert Liberty Ducati 25
13. (13) Hiroshi Aoyama Honda WSBK 22
14. (11) Lorenzo Zanetti PATA Ducati 20
15. (15) Niccolo Canepa Red Devils Roma Ducati 20
16. (12) Joan Lascorz Kawasaki Racing 17
17. (14) Leon Camier Crescent Fixi Suzuki 14
18. (23) Ayrton Badovini BMW Italia GoldBet 11
19. (21) Leandro Mercado Pedercini Kawasaki 9
20. (22) David Salom Pedercini Kawasaki 9
21. (19) John Hopkins Crescent Fixi Suzuki 8
22. (18) Bryan Staring Pedercini Kawasaki 6
23. (20) Chaz Davies ParkinGO MTC Aprilia 2
24. (24) Josh Brookes Crescent Fixi Suzuki 1
25. (-) Mark Aitchison Grillini Progea BMW 1

2012 World Superbike Championship manufacturer standings

1. (1) Ducati 136 points
2. (2) Aprilia 100
3. (4) BMW 86
4. (3) Kawasaki 85
5. (5) Honda 69
6. (6) Suzuki 20