Eighth round of Su­per­bike World Champs this week­end

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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.

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