He hasn't stood atop the podium since the opening race of the season at Phillip Island, but Max Biaggi remarkably comes away from Miller Motorsports Park having extended his lead in the overall standings for the third round in succession...

In a season that is proving increasingly difficult to call as riders from any one of five manufacturers dice for victory each weekend, Biaggi's method of consistency is successfully rebuffing his rivals' more sporadic headline-grabbing endeavours.

Indeed, though two third places mean Biaggi hasn't won a race in ten now, his new lead of 18 points has almost quadrupled the advantage he had at the end of Donington Park, though he now has the in-form Marco Melandri for company as his closest contender.

Knowing he would likely be leading the championship were it not for the last lap skirmish at Donington, Melandri's excellent results in the United States nonetheless haul both himself and BMW up to second in the rider standings. Furthermore, the German manufacturer has reached a new peak of second in the manufacturers' reckoning, just 19.5 points behind Ducati.

Elsewhere, there is relatively little change in position, but things are certainly close, with Tom Sykes actually level with Melandri on points, but in third by virtue of his single race win, while Jonathan Rea is poised in fourth a further 1.5 points further adrift.

Though his weekend ended on a sour note, race one winner Carlos Checa is still certainly in the hunt 30 points behind Biaggi, though Haslam's bid has received a set back as he is now 57.5 points behind the leader.

With no change between sixth and 12th in the standings, Chaz Davies was the rider making big moves further back, his superb run to fourth place catapulting him from 19th to 13th overall, just 22.5 points off Jakub Smrz at the bottom end of the top ten.

2012 World Superbike Championship rider standings (After round 6 of 14, previous championship standing in brackets)

1. (1) Max Biaggi Aprilia Racing 160.5 points
2. (5) Marco Melandri BMW Motorrad 142.5
3. (2) Tom Sykes Kawasaki Racing 142.5
4. (3) Jonathan Rea Honda WSBK 141
5. (4) Carlos Checa Althea Ducati 130.5
6. (6) Leon Haslam BMW Motorrad 103
7. (7) Sylvain Guintoli Effenbert Liberty Ducati 95
8. (8) Eugene Laverty Aprilia Racing 86
9. (9) Davide Giugliano Althea Ducati 64
10. (10) Jakub Smrz Liberty Effenbert Ducati 61.5
11. (11) Michel Fabrizio BMW Italia GoldBet 46
12. (12) Leon Camier FIXI Crescent Suzuki 42.5
13. (19) Chaz Davies ParkinGO MTC Aprilia 39
14. (15) Ayrton Badovini BMW Italia GoldBet 34
15. (13) Maxime Berger Effenbert Liberty Ducati 30.5
16. (14) Hiroshi Aoyama Honda WSBK 30.5
17. (16) Lorenzo Zanetti PATA Ducati 25
18. (17) Niccolo Canepa Red Devils Roma Ducati 25
19. (18) Joan Lascorz Kawasaki Racing 17
20. (22) Loris Baz Kawasaki Racing 11
21. (20) Leandro Mercado Pedercini Kawasaki 9
22. (21) David Salom Pedercini Kawasaki 9
23. (23) John Hopkins Crescent Fixi Suzuki 8
24. (24) Peter Hickman FIXI Crescent Suzuki 7
25. (25) Bryan Staring Pedercini Kawasaki 6
26. (26) Mark Aitchison Grillini Progea BMW 3
27. (27) Josh Brookes FIXI Crescent Suzuki 1

2012 World Superbike Championship manufacturer standings

1. (1) Ducati 195.5 points
2. (3) BMW 176
3. (2) Aprilia 171
4. (4) Kawasaki 148.5
5. (5) Honda 145
6. (6) Suzuki 48.5



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