Iconic Bike Racers: Carl Fogarty
This man dominated World Superbikes in the 1990's and is a legendary British motorbike racer.
Carl 'Foggy' Fogarty is an English former bike racer from Blackburn. Fogarty is one of the most successful World Superbike riders of all time.
Isle of Man:
Carl began his racing career on the Isle of Man in the 1980's. He won three races on the island in his 26 TT starts. These wins were; the Lightweight Newcomers event in 1985, the production 750 race in 1989, and finally the Formula 1 and Senior event in 1990. Carl even went on to break the lap record around the Isle of Man as he set a lap time of 18 minutes and 18.8 seconds.
Carl Fogarty riding around the Isle of Man
Foggy also won three Formula TT World Championships, these occurred in 1988, 1989 and 1990. However, in 1990 it became a cup as it fell below the 6 race requirement to be a Championship.
In 1986 Fogarty made a wildcard appearance in the 250cc Grand Prix series at the British Grand Prix, in which he finished 11th place. Foggy made a further 6 appearances in the Grand Prix paddock, but this time in the 500cc class. In 1990 he appeared in 4 Grand Prix's finishing 3 of the 4 races, the results were 6th, 10th and 8th. In 1992 Foggy appeared in the 500cc Grand Prix class again and failed the finish the one race he entered. However, in 1993 Foggy returned one last to the 500cc class and finished 4th place at Donington Park on board the Cagiva,
Foggy racing the Cagiva in the 500cc Grand Prix at Donington Park
Moving over to World Superbike, Foggy began his journey to his World titles in 1988 when he made a wildcard appearance at Donington Park where he didn't finish the first race and failed to start the second race. 1989 also saw Carl on the grid at the British round of the World Superbike Championship, in these races he finished 7th and 13th. His final wildcard appearances in World Superbike before joining full time was in 1990 where he wildcarded at the Spanish, British and French round. In these 6 races Foggy finished 4 of them and he finished in 14th, 6th, 6th and 8th.
In 1991 Carl made his full time debut in World Superbike with Honda, Foggy appeared at 20 of the 26 races. In 1991 Fogarty scored 146 points and finished in 7th place in the World Superbike Championship. His best result of 1991 was 4th place at the Swedish round. For 1992 Fogarty made the switch from Honda over to Ducati, Carl raced 20 times out of the 26 races in 1992. Carl failed to finish 6 of the 20 races he was in, however he did make steps with his best result in World Superbikes. Foggy did this as he managed to finish on the podium twice! Not only did he get to stand on the podium, he stood on the top step as he won a race at the British round. Foggy did finish the Championship in 9th place, two places lower than 1991.
1993 saw Fogarty begin his Championship challenge in World Superbikes. Foggy stood on the podium 15 times in 26 races in 1996, 11 of these podiums were race wins for Ducati. Fogarty finished 1996 in 2nd place in the World Championship, he was 29 points behind the eventual Champion, Scott Russell.
1994 and 1995 saw Carl Fogarty finally claim his first two World Superbike Championships! During the 1994 season Carl raced in 20 races out of a possible 22, in these 20 races Foggy stood on the rostrum 14 times. Out of his 14 podiums Carl managed to claim 10 race wins. This meant Foggy finished the season on 305 points, and he won the World Championship! He ended up 25 points ahead of Scott Russell. 1995 saw Foggy absolutely dominate the World Championship! Foggy raced in all 24 races in 1995, Carl finished on the podium 19 times, meaning he missed out on the podium 5 times all season! Fogarty won 13 races throughout the 1995 season, this helped him to accumulate his 478 points throughout the season. Carl beat Troy Corser to the World Championship by 139 points!
Carl Fogarty a two time World Superbike World Champion!
For 1996 Carl Fogarty decided to embark on a new journey with the Castrol Honda Team. However, this move was nothing short of a disaster for Foggy! In the 24 races in 1996 Carl finished on the podium 9 times and only won 4 races. This was a very low amount compared to Fogarty in the last 2 years with Ducati! Foggy ended up 4th in the World Championship with 331 points, this was 38 points behind the eventual Champion Troy Corser, who won the Championship on board a Ducati!
Foggy on board the Honda RC45
1997 saw Carl return home to the Ducati World Superbike squad, but his bike was very different from when he left. Modifications that the team had made to the Ducati in 1996 completely changed Fogarty's ability to ride the bike. This was because he could no longer carry his very high corner speed like he used to! Luckily Foggy was a very talented rider and was able to overcome these issues as he battled for the Championship on his return. Carl finished on the podium 15 times out of a possible 24, of these 15 podiums Foggy stood on the top box 6 times. During the season Foggy claimed 358 points, but finished runner up in the World Championship as he finished 58 points behind his bitter rival, John Kocinski. John won the World Championship on board the Castrol Honda that Carl had left.
1998 and 1999 saw Foggy return to World Championship glory with Ducati. With Foggy's bike back to how he liked it he could ride how he used to! Foggy went on to claim 2 more World Superbike World Championships. In 1998 Foggy did this with 14 podiums and 3 race wins, he claimed 351.5 points in 1998 and beat Aaron Slight by 4.5 points! Over to 1999 and Fogarty's final World title. Carl finished on the podium 19 times in 26 races! 11 of these podiums were race wins! Carl claimed 489 points and was back to his dominant fashion in World Superbikes! Colin Edwards finished runner up to Carl, but he stood no chance as Foggy obliterated him by 128 points!
Carl Fogarty a 4 time World Superbike World Champion!
2000 was the end of Carl Fogarty's career. Carl raced 4 times in 2000 and claimed 2 podiums. During race 2 at Phillip Island in Australia Carl Fogarty crashed his Ducati and ended up tumbling into the barrier and knocking him unconscious for 15 minutes. After some scans it was made clear that Carl had three fractures in his humerus near his shoulder joint. This incident was the end of Foggy's career.
Fogarty claims legendary status as up until recent years he held the most World Superbike race wins (59) and had won the most World Superbike Championships (4). If it was not for Fogarty's unfortunate crash in 2000 he may have more World Championships or more race wins. But sadly we will never know.