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Misano – eni WSBK Championship standings
10 June 2012
Having found himself complaining that his results, though consistent, weren't the wins he had been striving for, World Superbike Championship leader Max Biaggi got his wish at Misano with two impressive victories on home soil.
Though his tenth place starting position, together with a fairly modest showing in free practice, didn't immediately suggest a victory challenge heading into the two races, a charging run to the front in race one and a simpler, but no less impressive ride in race two dismissed pre-race predictions.
A full haul of 50 points means he has multiplied his advantage in the standings from 18 points to 38.5 points over Jonathan Rea, who moves up to a new peak of second position after being the only other rider to notch up a top six finish in both races.
Despite failing to make the best of his fifth pole position of the season, Tom Sykes keeps the points ticking over to actually hold onto third position overall, the Kawasaki dropping behind Rea but moving ahead of Marco Melandri, who endured a troubled day on the BMW.
Similarly frustrated is Carlos Checa, whose third DNF in five races has negated his three wins this year, the reigning champion now 60 points behind Biaggi, a margin so large that even a faultless second-half of the season may not be enough to overhaul his great rival.
Behind them, podium winner Leon Haslam is keeping the top five honest in sixth, while Sylvain Guintoli, Eugene Laverty, Davide Giugliano and Jakub Smrz hold station for the remainder of the top ten.
Good individual results for Michel Fabrizio, Ayrton Badovini, Leon Camier and Chaz Davies mean there is little to split them in 11th, 12th, 13th and 14th, while Matteo Baiocco became the 28th different scorer with his run to tenth in race two.
Meanwhile, in the manufacturers' standings, Ducati continue to lead, but Biaggi's wins have elevated Aprilia back up to second place, just 1.5 points behind their Italian counterparts. BMW remain in close company in third, while Honda have now overtaken Kawasaki for fourth.
2012 eni World Superbike Championship rider standings (After round 7 of 14, previous championship standing in brackets)
1. (1) Max Biaggi Aprilia Racing 210.5 points
2. (4) Jonathan Rea Honda WSBK 172
3. (3) Tom Sykes Kawasaki Racing 164.5
4. (2) Marco Melandri BMW Motorrad 155.5
5. (5) Carlos Checa Althea Ducati 150.5
6. (6) Leon Haslam BMW Motorrad 123
7. (7) Sylvain Guintoli Effenbert Liberty Ducati 103
8. (8) Eugene Laverty Aprilia Racing 95
9. (9) Davide Giugliano Althea Ducati 80
10. (10) Jakub Smrz Liberty Effenbert Ducati 75.5
11. (11) Michel Fabrizio BMW Italia GoldBet 58
12. (14) Ayrton Badovini BMW Italia GoldBet 50
13. (12) Leon Camier FIXI Crescent Suzuki 49.5
14. (13) Chaz Davies ParkinGO MTC Aprilia 49
15. (15) Maxime Berger Effenbert Liberty Ducati 38.5
16. (16) Hiroshi Aoyama Honda WSBK 34.5
17. (18) Niccolo Canepa Red Devils Roma Ducati 28
18. (17) Lorenzo Zanetti PATA Ducati 25
19. (20) Loris Baz Kawasaki Racing 19
20. (19) Joan Lascorz Kawasaki Racing 17
21. (23) John Hopkins Crescent Fixi Suzuki 10
22. (21) Leandro Mercado Pedercini Kawasaki 9
23. (22) David Salom Pedercini Kawasaki 9
24. (24) Peter Hickman FIXI Crescent Suzuki 7
25. (18) Matteo Baiocco Barni Ducati 7
26. (25) Bryan Staring Pedercini Kawasaki 6
27. (26) Mark Aitchison Grillini Progea BMW 3
28. (27) Josh Brookes FIXI Crescent Suzuki 1
2012 World Superbike Championship manufacturer standings
1. (1) Ducati 222.5 points
1. (3) Aprilia 221
2. (2) BMW 197
3. (5) Honda 176
4. (4) Kawasaki 170.5
6. (6) Suzuki 56.5