As ever, the second round of any championship sees plenty of movement up and down the overall standings - and none more so here -, but Carlos Checa retains a familiar presence at the head of the field after Donington Park.

Though he bungled his start in race one, his fight back to third on that occasion and his comfortable win in race two sees him increase his lead from ten to 19 points overall.

His closest competition comes from Marco Melandri, the Italian continuing his good impression of a seasoned WSBK contender as he ended as the day's top scorer, complete with maiden victory.

It was contrasting fortunes for sparring partner Max Biaggi, who had a frustrating day on the Aprilia as he could only muster a seventh place finish in race one, before being disqualified in race two. He has dropped to fourth in the standings, already 42 points adrift of Checa and behind even Haslam, who maintained his consistency with a pair of fourth places for BMW.

The big mover of the day was Jakub Smrz, his career-best second place finish lifting him to a lofty fifth on the Effenbert-Liberty Ducati, while Leon Camier's third place in race two sees him leap from 11th to seventh.

Elsewhere, Michel Fabrizio is down from fifth to eighth as Suzuki also drop to the bottom of the manufacturer standings. This is significant as it means (provided you discount the sole privateer MV Agusta that was campaigned in 2007) Kawasaki aren't bringing up the rear for the first time since the end of 2006!

Its riders endured differing fortunes, with Tom Sykes unable to capitalise on his front row grid position, though fifth for Joan Lascorz in race two moves him onto the fringe of the top ten.

Points for Lascorz, Sylvain Guintoli and Mark Aitchison also means just two riders listed on the official entry list are yet to score now - Maxime Berger, who didn't finish either race, and Chris Vermeulen, who hasn't started one yet.

2011 World Superbike Championship rider standings (After round 2 of 13, previous round position in brackets)

1.(1) Carlos Checa Althea Ducati 91 points2.(4) Marco Melandri Yamaha SBK723.(3) Leon Haslam BMW Motorrad 534.(2) Max Biaggi Aprilia Alitalia495.(10) Jakub Smrz Effenbert-Liberty Ducati 426.(6) Jonathan Rea Castrol Honda 387.(11) Leon Camier Aprilia Alitalia 378.(5) Michel Fabrizio Suzuki Alstare 279.(7) Noriyuki Haga PATA Aprilia 2610.(8) Tom Sykes Kawasaki RTS 1911.(-) Joan Lascorz Kawasaki Racing 1712.(9) Eugene Laverty Yamaha SBK1613.(14) Troy Corser BMW Motorrad 1614.(13) Ruben Xaus Castrol Honda 1615.(17) Ayrton Badovini BMW Italia 1216.(12) Roberto Rolfo Pedercini Kawasaki 1217.(-) Sylvain Guintoli Effenbert-Liberty Ducati 1018.(15) Josh Waters Yoshimura Suzuki 319.(16) James Toseland BMW Italia 220.(18) Bryan Staring Pedercini Kawasaki 121.(-) Mark Aitchison Pedercini Kawasaki 1

2011 World Superbike Championship manufacturer standings

1.(1) Ducati 95 points2.(3) Yamaha 743.(2) Aprilia 664.(4) BMW 535.(6) Honda 386.(7) Kawasaki 327.(5) Suzuki 27

 

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