13 May 2012
WSBK Championship standings - Donington Park
Exciting, dramatic, controversial... Donington Park had it all this weekend. And the result is an exciting looking championship battle!
The World Superbike Championship fight was just metres from being thrown wide open, but following the last corner drama that eliminated Leon Haslam and Marco Melandri from the reckoning at Donington Park, Max Biaggi and Tom Sykes have maintained their advantage overall.
Despite failing to taste the winners' champagne, Biaggi and Sykes have whittled the front group down to two after a 5th-2nd, 3rd-3rd tally between them, while Carlos Checa has dropped back to fourth position overall courtesy of his costly crash in race two.
However, the standings could have looked very different had Leon Haslam and Marco Melandri repeated their 1-2 finish from the opening race. Indeed, had Haslam and Melandri exited the last corner in the same order they had entered it, they would be right in the title fight with Biaggi and Sykes.
Instead, they remain fifth and sixth, Melandri leading Haslam, 31 and 39.5 points adrift respectively, a frustrating conclusion on what should have been a momentous day for the BMW team.
The big beneficiary of the day, however, is undoubtedly Jonathan Rea, the Honda rider leaping from fifth to third with his second win of the season, himself just 20.5 points off the lead fight. It means, despite the furore, there are five different manufacturers all within striking distance of Biaggi's championship lead.
Elsewhere, Eugene Laverty's solitary point means he has lost touch with the front runners, while Davide Giugliano has squeezed into the top ten overall, despite failing to finish the second race.
Further back, Leon Camier's fine run to fourth in the second race has hauled himself and Suzuki from 17th to 12th overall, while Ayrton Badovini has followed a similar trajectory from 18th to 15th, just 15 points from the top ten.
In the manufacturers' standings, Sylvain Guintoli's fortuitous fifth place in race two saved some face for Ducati on an otherwise disappointing day, but Aprilia, BMW, Kawasaki – and even Honda – have hauled themselves into contention with their good results this weekend.
2012 World Superbike Championship rider standings (After round 5 of 14, previous championship standing in brackets)
1. (1) Max Biaggi Aprilia Racing 128.5 points
2. (3) Tom Sykes Kawasaki Racing 123.5
3. (5) Jonathan Rea Honda WSBK 108
4. (2) Carlos Checa Althea Ducati 105.5
5. (4) Marco Melandri BMW Motorrad 97.5
6. (6) Leon Haslam BMW Motorrad 89
7. (7) Sylvain Guintoli Effenbert Liberty Ducati 85
8. (8) Eugene Laverty Aprilia Racing 65
9. (10) Davide Giugliano Althea Ducati 50
10. (9) Jakub Smrz Liberty Effenbert Ducati 44.5
11. (12) Michel Fabrizio BMW Italia GoldBet 35
12. (17) Leon Camier FIXI Crescent Suzuki 34.5
13. (13) Hiroshi Aoyama Honda WSBK 30.5
14. (11) Maxime Berger Effenbert Liberty Ducati 29.5
15. (18) Ayrton Badovini BMW Italia GoldBet 29
16. (14) Lorenzo Zanetti PATA Ducati 25
17. (15) Niccolo Canepa Red Devils Roma Ducati 25
18. (16) Joan Lascorz Kawasaki Racing 17
19. (23) Chaz Davies ParkinGO MTC Aprilia 17
20. (19) Leandro Mercado Pedercini Kawasaki 9
21. (20) David Salom Pedercini Kawasaki 9
22. (17) Loris Baz Kawasaki Racing 8
23. (21) John Hopkins Crescent Fixi Suzuki 8
24. (17) Peter Hickman FIXI Crescent Suzuki 7
25. (22) Bryan Staring Pedercini Kawasaki 6
26. (25) Mark Aitchison Grillini Progea BMW 3
27. (24) Josh Brookes FIXI Crescent Suzuki 1
2012 World Superbike Championship manufacturer standings
1. (1) Ducati 161.5 points
2. (2) Aprilia 139
3. (4) BMW 131
4. (3) Kawasaki 129.5
5. (5) Honda 112
6. (6) Suzuki 40.5
Tagged as: Honda , Kawasaki , Ducati , Suzuki , BMW , Aprilia , Donington Park , Leon Camier , Leon Haslam , Eugene Laverty , Jonathan Rea , Max Biaggi , Tom Sykes , Chaz Davies , Carlos Checa
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