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Aragon– eni WSBK Championship standings

1 July 2012

With the 2012 season being dubbed as one of the most competitive and open World Superbike Championships just two rounds ago, Max Biaggi has seemingly taken just four races to go from one of five protagonists to arguably odds-on favourite.

Following his wins at Misano, another full 25 points in the first race at Aragon had his advantage up to a mammoth 60 points at one stage, the Italian helped no end by closest rivals Jonathan Rea and Tom Sykes failing to score a single digit.

Step up Marco Melandri, whose 1-2 results in Spain have elevated him back up to the provisional runners-up spot, the BMW rider's efforts in turn nibbling down his rival's advantage to a slightly more manageable 48 points with six rounds remaining.

Rea's impressive run to fifth in race two was scant reward for a somewhat disappointing weekend, though he remains just 17.5 points behind Melandri, while Sykes's title aspirations have taken a massive knock courtesy of Ayrton Badovini's last lap indiscretion.

Similarly, though he managed to stay upright in both races – unlike the last three rounds – Carlos Checa's strangely off-colour weekend means his title defence is beginning to crack, the Spaniard now a full 73 points behind his rival.

A strong run to the podium has seen Eugene Laverty move past Sylvain Guintoli for seventh in the standings, though it is Aprilia counterpart Chaz Davies that has made the biggest gains, the Welshman leaping from 14th to 10th overall thanks to an excellent brace of results in Spain.

In the manufacturers' standings, Aprilia has moved back ahead of Ducati by 18.5 points, while Melandri's win means BMW are also snapping at the heels of the Italian manufacturer, just 5.5 points further back.

2012 eni World Superbike Championship rider standings (After round 8 of 14, previous championship standing in brackets)

1. (1) Max Biaggi Aprilia Racing 248.5 points
2. (4) Marco Melandri BMW Motorrad 200.5
3. (2) Jonathan Rea Honda WSBK 183
4. (5) Carlos Checa Althea Ducati 175.5
5. (3) Tom Sykes Kawasaki Racing 172.5
6. (6) Leon Haslam BMW Motorrad 142
7. (8) Eugene Laverty Aprilia Racing 126
8. (7) Sylvain Guintoli Effenbert Liberty Ducati 110
9. (9) Davide Giugliano Althea Ducati 94
10. (14) Chaz Davies ParkinGO MTC Aprilia 78
11. (10) Jakub Smrz Liberty Effenbert Ducati 75.5
12. (11) Michel Fabrizio BMW Italia GoldBet 73
13. (12) Ayrton Badovini BMW Italia GoldBet 57
14. (13) Leon Camier FIXI Crescent Suzuki 56.5
15. (15) Maxime Berger Effenbert Liberty Ducati 48.5
16. (16) Hiroshi Aoyama Honda WSBK 37.5
17. (17) Niccolo Canepa Red Devils Roma Ducati 33
18. (18) Lorenzo Zanetti PATA Ducati 30
19. (19) Loris Baz Kawasaki Racing 19
20. (20) Joan Lascorz Kawasaki Racing 17
21. (21) John Hopkins Crescent Fixi Suzuki 11
22. (22) Leandro Mercado Pedercini Kawasaki 9
23. (23) David Salom Pedercini Kawasaki 9
24. (24) Peter Hickman FIXI Crescent Suzuki 7
25. (25) Matteo Baiocco Barni Ducati 7
26. (26) Bryan Staring Pedercini Kawasaki 6
27. (27) Mark Aitchison Grillini Progea BMW 3
28. (28) Josh Brookes FIXI Crescent Suzuki 1

2012 World Superbike Championship manufacturer standings

1. (2) Aprilia 266 points
2. (1) Ducati 247.5
3. (3) BMW 242
4. (4) Honda 189
4. (5) Kawasaki 178.5
6. (6) Suzuki 63.5


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