Last lap battles headline WorldSBK anniversaries for the week ahead

Monday, 8 June 2020 08:14 GMT

From the fast straights of Hockenheim to the undulations of Portimao and beyond, the big moments this week promise to be relived in fine style…

With the 2020 MOTUL FIM Superbike World Championship currently in a pause of action, there’s even more time to share some of the iconic anniversaries from years gone by with fans! This week, Carl Fogarty denies Neil Hodgson a first win at Hockenheim whilst the first ever race in the USA is reminisced, along with the frantic Silverstone meeting from 2004. Sit back, relax and join the action across WorldSBK Social Media!

The first day of the week – Monday 8th June – sees us throw back the years to 1997 and Race 2 at Hockenheim, where it looked like Neil Hodgson was about to take a famous first victory. A last lap fight saw the result turn on its head, and it was fellow Englishman Carl Fogarty who miraculously took honours. On the 9th June, it’s back to Portimao and Race 1 from 2013, where Marco Melandri and Sylvain Guintoli were split by virtually nothing. The 10th June sees Alex Lowes’ first WorldSBK race win, with victory in Brno’s Race 2, 2018 – heading home Yamaha teammate Michael van der Mark for the first Yamaha 1-2 since Portimao in 2011.

On the 11th June, Raymond Roche took his first race win in WorldSBK when he took victory at Brainerd in 1989 – the first ever race in the USA. On Saturday, two Silverstone classics from 2004: Race 1 sees Chris Vermeulen denied a first ever win by Noriyuki Haga after a last sector error on the last lap, whilst Race 2 sees him finally take victory. It’d be an important win too, with the Australian taking the first generation of Honda Fireblade to victory.

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