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It was almost 30 years ago since the very first World Superbike Championship round took place in 1988 and Davide Tardozzi was the very first race winner at Donington Park. However, this round was unique as for the only time in the championship’s history, the race results were combined to determine an overall winner; 1981 500cc World Champion Marco Lucchinelli got the verdict with first and second in the two legs after Tardozzi crashed out of the second race.
In total, 72 riders have now taken race wins (former MotoGP World Champion Nicky Hayden being the latest in 2016) with the Championship now in its 29th season but the leading rider when it comes to race wins is Carl Fogarty, with all but four of his 59 wins coming on Ducati machinery. Foggy grabbed his first win in 1992 on a privateer Ducati 888 and the following year he joined the official factory team. Except for 1996 when he jumped ship to ride the Castrol Honda RC45, he remained with the Bologna factory for the rest of the decade and had it not been for injury ending his career early in 2000, he would certainly have racked up a whole lot more.
His total currently puts him 7 clear of Australian rider Troy Bayliss with all 52 of his race wins coming on the Ducatis. He replaced Fogarty in the factory team and went on to notch up three world championships between 2001 and 2008. Just when it looked like he’d beat Fogarty’s record total, he retired as champion at the end of the 2008 season when more wins and titles would surely have come his way.
Despite never having won the title, Noriyuki Haga still has the third highest total of wins, 43, with the Japanese ace being victorious on Yamaha, Ducati and Aprilia machinery and he’s now just five ahead of 2015 and 2016 Champion Jonathan Rea. The Northern Irishman has only ridden for Honda and Kawasaki in his time in Superbikes but with 23 wins in the last two seasons alone, he should eventually overhaul Haga’s total in 2017.
A number of double champions are next on the list – Troy Corser, Colin Edwards – with Tom Sykes matching Edwards’ total of 31 with five more victories in 2016. They’re followed by 1991 and 1992 champion Doug Polen with the American’s tally particularly impressive as 26 of his 27 wins came in two seasons!
Carlos Checa, Raymond Roche, Max Biaggi and Chaz Davies are the other riders to have taken more than 20 wins, the latter taking 11 victories in 2016 to leap up the chart.
|1.||Carl Fogarty||59 (1992 – 1999)|
|2.||Troy Bayliss||52 (2000 – 2008)|
|3.||Noriyuki Haga||43 (1997 – 2010)|
|4.||Jonathan Rea||38 (2009 – present)|
|5.||Troy Corser||33 (1995 – 2006)|
|6.||Colin Edwards||31 (1998 – 2002)|
|=||Tom Sykes||31 (2012 – present)|
|8.||Doug Poulen||27 (1989 – 1992)|
|9.||Carlos Checa||24 (2008 – 2012)|
|10.||Raymons Roche||23 (1989 – 1992)|
|11.||Max Biaggi||21 (2007 – 2012)|
|12.||Chaz Davies||20 (2013 – present)|
|13.||Marco Melandri||19 (2011 – 2014)|
|14.||Pierfrancesco Chili||17 (1995 – 2004)|
|15.||Giancarlo Falappa||16 (1989 – 1994)|
|=||Neil Hodgson||16 (2000 – 2003)|
|=||James Toseland||16 (2003 – 2007)|
No less than 20 riders have stood on the podium 40 times or more since the 1988 World Superbike Championship and it reads like a veritable ‘who’s who’ of the sport with the chart packed with legendary names from the Superbike world.
Perhaps unsurprisingly given the length of his Superbike career, it’s Troy Corser who leads the way with his total of 130 rostrums spanning 17 seasons. With the podiums coming for no less than five manufacturers, that shows both his consistency and adaptability and perhaps the only surprise is that his career only yielded two Championships.
Second on the chart is another rider who had a long and successful career in the BSB paddock, Noriyuki Haga although he has the unenviable tag of being the most successful rider never to have won the title.
The only other rider with more than a century of podiums is Carl Fogarty with his 109 appearances in the top three being achieved over a much shorter period of just nine years, which proves just how dominant he was during the 1990s.
Fogarty retired early due to injury, so one can only wonder how many more could he have racked up and the same applies to fourth placed Troy Bayliss whose 94 rostrums were achieved over an identical nine-year period. He retired as Champion at the end of 2008 when very much still at the top of his game.
Jonathan Rea has the fifth highest total having overtaken Aaron Slight at the final round in 2016, the latter still in sixth overall despite only having taken 13 wins. Tom Sykes is also closing fast and given his almost ever-present record of podium finishes since joining Kawasaki, he should move up another spot in 2017.
Chaz Davies is also climbing his way up the chart and should continue to do so in 2017 with Ducati team-mate Marco Melandri expected to do likewise.
119 riders have now finished on a World Superbike Championship podium.
|1.||Troy Corser||130 (1994 – 2010)|
|2.||Noriyuki Haga||116 (1996 – 2011)|
|3.||Carl Fogarty||109 (1992 – 2000)|
|4.||Troy Bayliss||94 (2000 – 2008)|
|5.||Jonathan Rea||88 (2009 – Present)|
|6.||Aaron Slight||87 (1989 – 1999)|
|7.||Tom Sykes||84 (2008 – Present)|
|8.||Colin Edwards||75 (1995 – 2002)|
|9.||Tom Sykes||71 (2008 – Present)|
|10.||Pierfrancesco Chili||61 (1995 – 2004)|
|=||James Toseland||61 (2002 – 2010)|
|12.||Raymond Roche||57 (1989 – 1992)|
|13.||Carlos Checa||49 (2008 – 2012)|
|=||Marco Melandri||49 (2011 – 2014)|
|=||Chaz Davies||49 (2012 – Present)|
|16.||Fabrizio Pirovano||47 (1988 – 1995)|
|17.||Stephane Mertens||45 (1988 – 1993)|
|18.||Neil Hodgson||41 (1996 – 2003)|
|=||Sylvain Guintoli||41 (2011 – Present)|
|20.||Doug Polen||40 (1989 – 1994)|
Since 1988, 17 riders have been crowned World Superbike Champion but only nine of them have been victorious on more than one occasion and only two riders have won the title three times or more. The first to achieve that feat was the King of Superbikes himself, Carl Fogarty, with his four titles coming in a six year period between 1994 and 1999. He also finished second overall in 1993 and 1997 to further cement his status as the greatest Superbike racer ever.
The only other rider with three titles to his name is Troy Bayliss with his three titles, like Fogarty’s, all coming on Ducati machinery. The Australian replaced Foggy in the factory Ducati team and didn’t disappoint with his titles coming in 2001, 2006 and 2008.
Seven riders have taken two titles, the first being Fred Merkel who took the Championship on the RC30 Rumi Honda in its first two years. Fellow Americans Doug Polen and Colin Edwards also took two titles as did Troy Corser, the Australian’s two titles spanning the biggest gap of any rider at nine years. James Toseland, Max Biaggi and Jonathan Rea are the three other riders to have enjoyed double title-winning success, the latter becoming the first rider since Fogarty (1998/99) to retain his title after back to back success in 2015 and 2016.
Solitary title success has been taken by Raymond Roche (1990), Scott Russell (1993), John Kocinski (1997), Neil Hodgson (2003), Ben Spies (2009), Carlos Checa (2011), Tom Sykes (2013) and Sylvain Guintoli (2014).
Titles have been won by American, French, English, Australian, Italian and Spanish riders.
|1.||Carl Fogarty||4 (1994, 1995, 1998, 1999)|
|2.||Troy Bayliss||3 (2001, 2006, 2008)|
|3.||Fred Merkel||2 (1988, 1989)|
|=||Doug Polen||2 (1991, 1992)|
|=||Troy Corser||2 (1996, 2005)|
|=||Colin Edwards||2 (2000, 2002)|
|=||James Toseland||2 (2004, 2007)|
|=||Max Biaggi||2 (2010, 2012)|
|=||Jonathan Rea||2 (2015, 2016)|
First contested in 1997, the World Supersport Championship has now completed 20 seasons and such has been the competition over that period, just seven riders have wins in double figures.
Mr Supersport himself, Kenan Sofuoglu, has more than double the total of the second best rider with his five wins in 2016 moving him on to a total of 38, comfortably clear of Frenchman Fabien Foret, the latter having one of the longest careers in the Supersport division.
Double World Champion Sebastien Charpentier is third on the list with 13 wins, one ahead of Eugene Laverty whose victories were all taken in just a two-period – he was extremely unlucky not to have taken a title in at least one of these years.
Jules Cluzel’s solitary win in 2016 saw him move level with Laverty and with the Frenchman set to compete in the class once more in 2017 he has every chance of moving further up the chart. World Champions Paolo Casoli and Karl Muggeridge both have 11 wins and are the only other two riders to have won on more than ten occasions.
|1.||Kenan Sofuoglu||33 (2006 – present)|
|2.||Fabien Foret||16 (2001 – 2013)|
|3.||Sebastien Charpentier||13 (1998 – 2006)|
|4.||Eugene Laverty||12 (2009 – 2010)|
|=||Jules Cluzel||12 (2012 – present)|
|6.||Paolo Casoli||11 (1997 – 2001)|
|=||Karl Muggeridge||11 (2000 – 2004)|
Just 12 riders have stood on the podium 20 times or more since the 1997 World Supersport Championship but it contains many of the division’s leading lights.
As expected, given his dominance over the years, it’s Kenan Sofouglu who leads the way with a whopping 78 podiums at present, over 30 clear of the next nearest rider Fabien Foret, whose 44 podiums were achieved over an impressive 14 seasons.
The only other rider with more than 30 podiums is perennial bridesmaid Broc Parkes. The Australian never won a title and only took six wins but took second overall twice and finished on the rostrum an impressive 32 times.
Frenchman and 1999 Champion Stephane Chambon is next up with 29 podiums, many of these coming on the Alstare Suzuki and he’s now just two ahead of Jules Cluzel, the only other rider with 20 podiums or more, other than Sofuoglu, still competing in the class.
Japan’s Katsuaki Fujiwara and Australia’s Kevin Curtain are the only other two riders, other than Parkes, to have taken 20 rostrums or more but never get their hands on the number one plate.
|1.||Kenan Sofuoglu||78 (2006 – present)|
|2.||Fabien Foret||44 (2000 – 2013)|
|3.||Broc Parkes||32 (2003 – 2012)|
|4.||Stephane Chambon||29 (1997 – 2002)|
|5.||Jules Cluzel||27 (2012 – present)|
|6.||Paolo Casoli||23 (1997 – 2001)|
|=||Sebastien Charpentier||23 (1998 – 2006)|
|=||Andrew Pitt||23 (2001 – 2009)|
|=||Sam Lowes||23 (2011 – 2013)|
|10.||Kevin Curtain||21 (2002 – 2006)|
|=||Katsuaki Fujiwara||21 (2002 – 2007)|
|12.||Karl Muggeridge||20 (2000 – 2004)|
Since 1997, 12 riders have been crowned World Supersport Champion but only three of them have been victorious on more than one occasion, perhaps no surprise given how competitive the Championship’s been, especially in the early years when they were referred to as the ‘axe murderers’!!
The only rider to have won more than two titles is Kenan Sofuoglu with the Turkish rider having spent the majority of his career on the 600cc machines. 2016 saw him claim his fifth title with Frenchman Sebastien Charpentier and Australian Andrew Pitt, the only other riders to have taken two titles or more.
Nine riders have won the title on one occasion:
Paolo Casoli (1997)
Fabrizio Pirovano (1998)
Stephane Chambon (1999)
Jorg Teuchert (2000)
Fabien Foret (2002)
Chris Vermeulen (2003)
Karl Muggeridge (2004)
Cal Crutchlow (2009)
Chaz Davies (2011)
Sam Lowes (2013)
Michael van der Mark (2014).
Titles have been won by Turkish, French, Australian, Italian, German, English and Dutch riders.
Kenan Sofuoglu – 4 titles (2007, 2010, 2012, 2015,2016)
Sebastien Charpentier – 2 (2005, 2006)
Andrew Pitt – 2 (2001, 2008)
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