Eighth round of Superbike World Champs this weekend
THIS weekend’s San Marino round is the eighth of HANNspree FIM Superbike World Championship in 2010 and new championship leader Max Biaggi (Aprilia Alitalia) leads the 2010 count with six wins so far.
Hot on his heels is long-time leader Leon Haslam (Suzuki Alstare), now eager to make up for a crash in the United States that cost him his championship advantage.
Jonathan Rea (Hannspree Ten Kate Honda) and his talented team-mate, Max Neukirchner, are keen to return to Misano as each has taken a victory at the ever-evolving Misano World Circuit, Rea last year and Neukirchner the year before.
Rea is third in the championship standings, 10 points ahead of the desperately unlucky Carlos Checa (Althea Ducati), who was forced out of the lead in each Miller race.
Official Ducati riders Michel Fabrizio and Noriyuki Haga (Ducati Xerox) will also want to get back to their very best winning form.
The SuperSport World Championship will continue at Misano, with leader Kenan Sofuoglu (Hannspree Ten Kate Honda) on 142 points, second placed Eugene Laverty (Parkalgar Honda) only six points behind and Joan Lascorz (Kawasaki Motocard.com) now 14 points back in third.
Ayrton Badovini (BMW Motorrad Italia) has been making the Superstock 1000 FIM Cup category his own this year, having taken all four wins so far.
Michele Magnoni (Honda) heads upafabulously tight battle for second with 47 points, Maxime Berger (Ten Kate Racing Junior Honda) has 46, Davide Giugliano (Team06 Suzuki) 45 and Sylvain Barrier (Garnier Junior Racing BMW) 40.
In the 600 Superstock division, Jeremy Guarnoni (MRS Racing Yamaha) heads up the pack, having never been off the podium so far, collecting two wins on the way.
Twenty points behind, his fellow Frenchman Florian Marino (Ten Kate Junior Racing) is second, with Federico D’Annunzio (Martini Corse Yamaha) now third. — WR.