The best of British, Australian awesomeness and a memorable Italian win, but for who and where?
With Part 1 reliving Japanese success and a French homecoming to remember, the MOTUL FIM Superbike World Championship continues the countdown to the greatest WorldSBK home win of all time. Three British classics and some of the greatest last lap thrillers, these are bound to rekindle those memories of a vintage era!
Neil Hodgson was a full-time rider in 2001 and after his career-first win in 2000, he was back to do it again. A thrilling Race 1 at Donington Park saw the GSE Ducati rider hang on against Pierfrancesco Chili and fellow wildcard, Steve Hislop. Hodgson hit the front on Lap 8 and resisted the pressure, whilst battle raged behind. A significant race in terms of the real rebirth of Neil Hodgson, as he continued to develop into a constant threat which eventually saw him take the 2003 crown.
Troy Corser and Carl Fogarty went head-to-head in Australia as the two teammates dueled for 1999 supremacy. A last lap dog fight, Corser led the way at Turn 1. As they went to Lukey Heights, ‘Foggy’ made a mistake but it was Corser who made another error in the lead at Turn 10, giving Fogarty the advantage. A gritty final two corners saw Corser charge at Fogarty and the home-hero slipstreamed his way to victory, taking the joint-second closest finish of all time with just 0.005s between them.
Starting from seventh after a bad Superpole, Tom Sykes was down in 11th by the end of Lap 1, whilst Alex Lowes was a surprise leader for the first time. Soon, Loris Baz took over and teammate Sykes pulled through, making for a Kawasaki showdown with both going head-to-head. The gloves came off with three to go and the home crowd went wild, as Sykes and Baz passed each other numerous times before the reigning Champion won one of the best races of 2014, despite the dramatic start.
Ben Spies seemingly had the opening race at Monza in 2009, but bad luck would strike the American as he ran out of fuel on the last corner. Meanwhile, the battle for second was now a battle for the race win and Michel Fabrizio was looking like a certain winner in a titanic tussle with teammate Noriyuki Haga. As Spies ran out of fuel at the Parabolica, Fabrizio beat Haga and the Italian won his first race in WorldSBK and did at home. Sometimes, some things are just meant to be…
A fan-favourite, a WorldSBK Champion and a musician, James Toseland had it all. However, the 2007 Brands Hatch meeting was extra special. A flawless weekend saw Toseland storm to a career-first double with a Race 2 win, although it would be his last in World Superbike. The double win in front of nearly 100,000 fans, Toseland joined a select group of British riders to do it at home, in fine style at that. A heroic achievement from the eventual Champion, JT’s famous victory went down in history as one of the great home triumphs WorldSBK has seen, not to mention the celebration...
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