Motorcycle Racing News 25 Years of World SBK | The Numbers

25 Years of World SBK | The Numbers

World Superbike History

When the 2012 World Superbike Championship throttles into action this weekend at Phillip Island, Australia, the series will begin its 25th year.

And with these years arrives a history rich with many statistics. Did you know that Ducati has won 51-percent of all World SBK races? These stat and more are listed below.

Following are “The Numbers,” which represent the history of World Superbike (compiled by Michele Merlino), and each year’s champion.

25 Years of World Superbike – The Numbers:

  • 1 – the most successful number: 80 races have been won by the bike carrying the number 1 plate
  • 2 – the manufacturers present in every race run so far: Ducati and Kawasaki
  • 11 – the bike manufacturers with at least one race started in the Superbike World Championship
  • 11 – the race number most used, present in 514 races
  • 14 World Champions
  • 18 years old: the youngest winner, Yuichi Takeda in Japan, 1996
  • 25th championship, starting in Phillip Island this year
  • 25 hosting countries so far. Russia will be the 26th
  • 40 – the only rider able to win at 40 years old so far has is Max Biaggi (Brno 2011)
  • 41 – the races run in Phillip Island, the most visited track
  • 41 – the highest number of race finishers (Zeltweg 1989, race 1)
  • 44 – the tracks visited by the Superbike World Championship
  • 59 – Carl Fogarty’s wins, the most successful rider
  • 67 different winners, from Davide Tardozzi (Donington 1988) to Tom Sykes (Nurburgring 2011)
  • 118 – the wins by Australia and United States, the two most successful countries
  • 204 – the highest speed ever reached for pole position (Max Biaggi, Monza 2011, 204.405 km/h)
  • 306 wins by Ducati, 51% of the total
  • 377 races run by Troy Corser, accounting for more than 60% of the total
  • 590 races run so far
  • 940 riders with at least one race start, 1150 in total, from 42 different countries
  • 1,356,498 kilometers raced so far by all the riders in all the races run

25 Years of World Superbike – The Champions:

  • 2011: Carlos Checa, Ducati
  • 2010: Max Biaggi, Aprilia
  • 2009: Ben Spies, Yamaha
  • 2008: Troy Bayliss, Ducati
  • 2007: James Toseland, Honda
  • 2006: Troy Bayliss, Ducati
  • 2005: Troy Corser, Suzuki
  • 2004: James Toseland, Ducati
  • 2003: Neil Hodgson, Ducati
  • 2002: Colin Edwards, Honda
  • 2001: Troy Bayliss, Ducati
  • 2000: Colin Edwards, Honda
  • 1999: Carl Fogarty, Ducati
  • 1998: Carl Fogarty, Ducati
  • 1997: John Kocinski, Honda
  • 1996: Troy Corser, Ducati
  • 1995: Carl Fogarty, Ducati
  • 1994: Carl Fogarty, Ducati
  • 1993: Scott Russell, Kawasaki
  • 1992: Doug Polen, Ducati
  • 1991: Doug Polen, Ducati
  • 1990: Raymond Roche, Ducati
  • 1989: Fred Merkel, Honda
  • 1988: Fred Merkel, Honda


Ron Lieback
Ron Lieback
One of the few moto journalists based on the East Coast, Ron Lieback joined the motorcycle industry as a freelancer in 2007, and is currently Online Editor at Ultimate Motorcycling. He is also the author of "365 to Vision: Modern Writer's Guide (How to Produce More Quality Writing in Less Time).

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