There is little doubting as to whom emerged the big mover at the end of the fourth World Superbike Championship round at Monza, Eugene Laverty leaping from ninth to fifth after his excellent double race win.

Not dissimilar to Cal Crutchlow's double win at Silverstone last year - one that also hauled him into the upper echelons of the standings -, though the result doesn't quite make Laverty an obvious title contender, 60 points down on the leader, it could well be the start of something significant for the Irishman.

Despite a fairly anonymous weekend, very much in contrast to what we've seen so far this year, Carlos Checa maintains a fairly healthy overall lead, dropping from 43 points to 27, this time over Marco Melandri.

The damage could have been worse had Max Biaggi not lost an almost certain win in race one, but then Checa suffered problems of his own in the same race.

Elsewhere, Jonathan Rea is fourth overall still, despite a modest sixth and a DNF, while Leon Haslam will also be ruing his unfortunate take down in race two having hauled himself into the reckoning again with third in race one.

Almost slipping under the radar, Michel Fabrizio added an impressive 27 points to his tally at Monza to leave him just 15 points off fourth overall and displacing the luckless Leon Camier and Jakub Smrz.

Other movers outside the top ten include Troy Corser moving from 12th to 11th - one point behind Noriyuki Haga - and Ayrton Badovini, who leapfrogs both Kawasaki riders and the Castrol Honda of Ruben Xaus.

While Checa's advantage in the rider standings is still good, things look a little more perilous for Ducati in the manufacturer reckoning, Yamaha's double win putting it just five points adrift, while Aprilia is also just a further eight points behind. BMW, meanwhile, move from fifth to fourth at the expense of Honda.

2011 World Superbike Championship rider standings (After round 4 of 13, previous round position in brackets)

1.(1) Carlos Checa Althea Ducati 145 points2.(3) Marco Melandri Yamaha SBK1183.(2) Max Biaggi Aprilia Alitalia1174.(4) Jonathan Rea Castrol Honda 895.(9) Eugene Laverty Yamaha SBK856.(5) Leon Haslam BMW Motorrad 847.(8) Michel Fabrizio Suzuki Alstare 748.(6) Leon Camier Aprilia Alitalia 589.(7) Jakub Smrz Effenbert-Liberty Ducati 5510.(10) Noriyuki Haga PATA Aprilia 4711.(12) Troy Corser BMW Motorrad 4612.(15) Ayrton Badovini BMW Italia 3513.(12) Tom Sykes Kawasaki RTS 3414.(11) Joan Lascorz Kawasaki Racing 3315.(14) Ruben Xaus Castrol Honda 3116.(16) Sylvain Guintoli Effenbert-Liberty Ducati 2917.(17) Roberto Rolfo Pedercini Kawasaki 1518.(18) Mark Aitchison Pedercini Kawasaki 919.(19) Maxime Berger Supersonic Ducati 520.(20) Barry Veneman BMW Italia 321.(21) Josh Waters Yoshimura Suzuki 322.(22) James Toseland BMW Italia 223.(23) Bryan Staring Pedercini Kawasaki 124.(-) Fabrizio Lai Echo CRS Honda 1

2011 World Superbike Championship manufacturer standings

1.(1) Ducati 152 points2.(3) Yamaha 1473.(2) Aprilia 1394.(5) BMW 1015.(4) Honda 936.(6) Suzuki 747.(7) Kawasaki 53

 

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