With just one set of half-points awarded on a very truncated World Superbike race day at Monza, unsurprisingly the overall standings look barely changed from that of Assen.

Indeed, following the entire cancellation of race one and the early stop to race two, Tom Sykes emerged as the day's top scorer, albeit with a relatively meagre 12.5 points to show for.

A frustrating outcome for a rider that could have left Monza with the championship lead had the race gone full distance and Max Biaggi stayed in his eventual fifth place, Sykes has at least closed the gap to the front runners to ensure just six points cover the top three ahead of his home event at Donington Park.

Biaggi still leads the way with 97.5 points, with Carlos Checa on 95.5 points, the Spaniard no doubt relieved to have barely lost any ground around a circuit that he feared would have dented his title hopes coming into the weekend.

Having starred on Saturday afternoon, cruel misfortune prevented Sylvain Guintoli from putting his pole position to good use, the Frenchman in turn losing out to Marco Melandri, Jonathan Rea and Leon Haslam in the standings to fall from fourth to seventh.

In the manufacturers' standings, Ducati maintains a fairly comfortable lead over Aprilia in second place, while Kawasaki has edged ahead of BMW once again for third.

2012 World Superbike Championship rider standings (After round 4 of 14, previous championship standing in brackets)

1. (1) Max Biaggi Aprilia Racing 97.5 points
2. (2) Carlos Checa Althea Ducati 95.5
3. (3) Tom Sykes Kawasaki Racing 91.5
4. (5) Marco Melandri BMW Motorrad 72.5
5. (6) Jonathan Rea Honda WSBK 70
6. (7) Leon Haslam BMW Motorrad 68
7. (4) Sylvain Guintoli Effenbert Liberty Ducati 66
8. (8) Eugene Laverty Aprilia Racing 64
9. (9) Jakub Smrz Liberty Effenbert Ducati 42.5
10. (10) Davide Giugliano Althea Ducati 41
11. (12) Maxime Berger Effenbert Liberty Ducati 26.5
12. (11) Michel Fabrizio BMW Italia GoldBet 26
13. (13) Hiroshi Aoyama Honda WSBK 24.5
14. (14) Lorenzo Zanetti PATA Ducati 21
15. (15) Niccolo Canepa Red Devils Roma Ducati 20
16. (16) Joan Lascorz Kawasaki Racing 17
17. (17) Leon Camier Crescent Fixi Suzuki 14.5
18. (18) Ayrton Badovini BMW Italia GoldBet 14
19. (19) Leandro Mercado Pedercini Kawasaki 9
20. (20) David Salom Pedercini Kawasaki 9
21. (21) John Hopkins Crescent Fixi Suzuki 8
22. (22) Bryan Staring Pedercini Kawasaki 6
23. (23) Chaz Davies ParkinGO MTC Aprilia 4
24. (24) Josh Brookes Crescent Fixi Suzuki 1
25. (25) Mark Aitchison Grillini Progea BMW 1

2012 World Superbike Championship manufacturer standings

1. (1) Ducati 145.5 points
2. (2) Aprilia 108
3. (4) Kawasaki 97.5
4. (3) BMW 96
5. (5) Honda 74
6. (6) Suzuki 20.5