Ben Spies put a small dent into Noriyuki Haga's championship lead at Monza, despite both riders enduring differing fortunes between races one and two.

A 15th and a win for Spies trumps Haga's second and DNF, meaning Spies comes away from Italy having reduced the margin slightly by six points to 54.

Instead, arguably the big movers are their team-mates Michel Fabrizio and Tom Sykes. Fabrizio proved the day's highest scorer after a win and a second place finish, a points haul that lifts him to third position and even puts him within touching distance of Spies in second.

The ever consistent Sykes, meanwhile, moves into the top five for the first time following a pair of top six finishes, 13 points behind Leon Haslam, who endured a tough weekend at Monza.

Max Biaggi has also lifted himself up to sixth position, but will be ruing the 20 second penalty in the first race that dropped him from third to 11th position. Max Neukirchner, however, tumbles from fifth to ninth having been injured in a turn one crash.

Elsewhere, Ryuichi Kiyonari managed to almost double his points haul following a pair of podiums on the Ten Kate Honda, a result that lifts him back inside the top ten overall.

Full World Superbike Championship rider standings (After 5 rounds of 14 - Previous position in brackets)

1. (1) Noriyuki Haga Ducati Xerox 200 points2. (2) Ben Spies Yamaha WSB 1463. (4) Michel Fabrizio Ducati Xerox 1254. (3) Leon Haslam Stiggy Honda 1035. (6) Tom Sykes Yamaha WSB 906. (7) Max Biaggi Aprilia 817. (8) Regis Laconi DFX Ducati 778. (9) Jonathan Rea Ten Kate Honda 779. (5) Max Neukirchner Suzuki Alstare Brux 7510. (15) Ryuichi Kiyonari Ten Kate Honda 6511. (10) Jakub Smrz Guandalini Ducati 5612. (11) Carlos Checa Ten Kate Honda 5313. (12) Yukio Kagayama Suzuki Alstare Brux 4214. (13) Shane Byrne Sterilgarda Ducati 4115. (17) Ruben Xaus BMW Alpha 4016. (14) Troy Corser BMW Alpha 3517. (16) Shinya Nakano Aprilia 3418. (19) Broc Parkes Kawasaki WSB 1719. (18) John Hopkins Stiggy Honda 920. (20) Tommy Hill Althea Honda 621. (21) Karl Muggeridge Celani Suzuki 422. (22) Brendan Roberts Guandalini Ducati 323. (23) Roberto Rolfo Stiggy Honda 324. (25) Matteo Baiocco PSG-1 Kawasaki 325. (26) Luca Scassa Pedercini Kawasaki 326. (24) Makoto Tamada Kawasaki WSB 2

Full World Superbike Championship rider standings (After 5 rounds of 14 - Previous position in brackets)

1. (1) Ducati 225 points2. (2) Yamaha 1803. (3) Honda 1414. (4) Suzuki 895. (5) Aprilia 846. (6) BMW 597. (7) Kawasaki 19

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