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Carl Fogarty

 
 

The history of the Superbike world championship is made up of riders who not only won the hearts of the fans but also titles, races and records, becoming almost legendary figures as a result. So it's impossible to consider Superbike without the achievements of "King" Carl Fogarty, the rider who has scored more titles and race wins than any other rider in the championship for production-derived bikes.

Fogarty in fact won four world titles in 1994, 1995, 1998 and 1999, setting a personal record of 55 race wins, most of which were scored riding the 916 and its evolutions.
Winner of the TT in 1990, Fogarty debuted with the Ducati in 1992, winning his first race at Donington with the 888 of British privateer team Moto Cinelli. In 1993 he became an official Ducati rider, on board the 888, but it was only in 1994, when the 916 made its debut, that Fogarty was able to show his full character and ability, riding Massimo Tamburini's creation to success.

After two consecutive titles (in 1994 and 1995), Fogarty moved to Honda for one season before returning to Ducati in 1997. In 1998 he clocked up his third title, before repeating the feat once more in 1999. Fogarty could probably have won again if it had not been for an unfortunate accident at Phillip Island in 2000 which forced him to retire from racing.

 

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