After an epic battle last year in World Superbike, after 14 rounds and 28 points scoring races, there were a total of five riders who took at least one race win.
After an even more widely spread first six rounds of the 2010 season there have been no fewer than six riders to have won one race at least, and we have not quite reached the half-way point of the season yet.
In fact only 12 of the 26 scheduled races have been completed so far.
Top of the pile on points is Leon Haslam, who has 222 to Max Biaggi’s 207, but in terms of 2010 race wins Biaggi has four and Haslam three.
Jonathan Rea’s double at Assen gives him two wins, then Carlos Checa, Noriyuki Haga and Michel Fabrizio each have one win apiece.
In 2009 12 individual riders secured a podium of some kind or another, including race wins, but the even higher level of competitiveness in 2010 means that all of the top ten riders have taken at least one podium.
The rest of the regular riders still have no fewer than 14 individual chances to taste champagne. Good news for Guintoli, Byrne, Smrz, Xaus and all the other riders, and even better news for the spectators who are sure to be treated to an even more frantic level of competition for the top three places as the year unfolds.