The history of the Superbike World Championship is marked by the names of riders who have won not only the hearts of fans, but also titles, races and records, to the point of becoming almost legendary figures. So one can't think about Superbike without evoking the exploits of "King" Carl Fogarty, the rider who won more titles and races than any other rider of the championship for racing bikes based on standard production models.
Fogarty won four world titles in 1994, 1995, 1998 and 1999, setting his own personal racing record of 55 victories, most of them on the 916 and its derivatives.
Winner of the TT in 1990, Fogarty débuted on Ducati in 1992, winning his first race in Donington with the 888 of the private English team Moto Cinelli. In 1993 he became Ducati's official rider with the 888, but it was only in 1994, with the début of the 916, that Fogarty showed all his charisma and skill riding Massimo Tamburini's newborn creature to success.
After two consecutive titles (1994 and 1995), Fogarty moved to Honda for one season, and then came back to Ducati in 1997. In 1998 he won his third title, repeating his 1999 victory. Fogarty could probably have won again if he hadn't been involved in the unfortunate accident of 2000 at Phillip Island that forced him to retire from competition.