28 April 2013
Eni WSBK Championship standings - Assen
Tom Sykes and Eugene Laverty share the spoils at Assen, but Sylvain Guintoli quietly extends his lead overall.
Though a run to third and sixth place doesn't necessarily represent the most memorable of weekends for Sylvain Guintoli, the Frenchman still comes away from Assen having added digits to his advantage at the top of the standings.
Indeed, with no other rider capable of stringing together such a consistent run of form, Guintoli's respectable – if not spectacular – finishes in the Netherlands are striking for their similarity to Max Biaggi, who last season that you don't always need to win races to further your advantage.
That said, though Guintoli's lead now stands at 28 points, he has three riders primed to close down that margin next time out at Monza, with Eugene Laverty, Chaz Davies and Tom Sykes all moving level on 83 points after enjoying varying degrees of success at Assen.
Chasing them down is Jonathan Rea, who picked up Honda's first podium of the season around its 'de facto' home circuit, while Loris Baz already finds himself half-way towards his entire total from 2012 after a third career rostrum in race two.
Heading in the other direction on the leaderboard, Michel Fabrizio seems unable to build on the bright start of his Phillip Island weekend after another fairly anonymous round, while Marco Melandri has technical gremlins to thank for him already being 60 points adrift of Guintoli in the year many predicted would see him come away as champion.
Elsewhere, Leon Camier not only battled through the pain barrier of his injured knee, but did so from the back of the grid to secure two strong top ten finishes that even lift him three spots overall to 11th place, ahead of fellow crocked rider Leon Haslam and a deflated Carlos Checa on the so-far disappointing Ducati 1199 Panigale.
Meanwhile, 22 riders have now scored points this season, with Mark Aitchison picking up a 15th place finish in both races for Effenbert Liberty Ducati – a far cry from last season when the team was celebrating its maiden victory with current leader Guintoli.
In the manufacturers' standings, Aprilia have moved ominously clear, 32 points ahead of BMW, who now have Kawasaki for company just five points further behind. Honda is fourth, ahead of Suzuki and Ducati, who find themselves in a rather unfamiliar position in last.
2013 eni World Superbike Championship rider standings (After round 3 of 15, position after previous round in brackets)
1. (1) Sylvain Guintoli Aprilia Racing 111 points
2. (3) Eugene Laverty Aprilia Racing 83
3. (2) Chaz Davies BMW GoldBet Motorrad 83
4. (6) Tom Sykes Kawasaki Racing 83
5. (9) Jonathan Rea Pata Honda 63
6. (8) Loris Baz Kawasaki Racing 58
7. (5) Michel Fabrizio Red Devils Roma Aprilia 53
8. (4) Marco Melandri BMW GoldBet Motorrad 51
9. (7) Jules Cluzel Fixi Crescent Suzuki 41
10. (11) Davide Giugliano Althea Aprilia 33
11. (14) Leon Camier Fixi Crescent Suzuki 30
12. (10) Leon Haslam Pata Honda 29
13. (13) Carlos Checa Alstare Ducati 29
14. (12) Max Neukirchner MR Ducati 29
15. (15) Ayrton Badovini Alstare Ducati 20
16. (16) Ivan Clementi HTM BMW 14
17. (18) Federico Sandi Pedercini Kawasaki 8
18. (17) Alexander Lundh Pedercini Kawasaki 7
19. (18) Glenn Allerton Next Gen BMW 6
20. (19) Jamie Stauffer Honda Racing 4
21. (20) Vittorio Iannuzzo Grillini Dentalmatic BMW 2
22. (-) Mark Aitchison Effenbert Liberty Ducati 2
2013 World Superbike Championship manufacturer standings (After round 3 of 15, position after previous round in brackets)
1. (1) Aprilia 131 points
2. (2) BMW 99
3. (3) Kawasaki 94
4. (4) Honda 70
5. (5) Suzuki 52
6. (6) Ducati 40
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