Top 10 Best WSBK Riders of all Time
This list will look at the best World Superbike Riders of all Time in my opinion
Number 10: Ben Spies
The first entry on this list is none other than the American Ben Spies. Prior to joining World Superbikes Ben participated in the AMA Superbike Championship, in this class he won the championship three times in 2006, 2007 and 2008. His success over in America earned him a ride in WSBK for 2009 with Yamaha. Spies only raced in the World Superbike class for one year and in this year he raced 28 times, won 14 times, finished in the top 3 17 times, started from pole 11 times, had the fastest race lap 6 times and scored 462 points. Even though Spies was only in World Superbike for one year he makes this list in my opinion due to the fact that he won the championship in his first and only attempt, he beat Noriyuki Haga by 8 points! After 2009 Ben made his way into the MotoGP paddock, but sadly he had to retire from bike racing in 2013 due to a shoulder injury.
Ben Spies the Rookie Sensation!
Number 9: Tom Sykes
This Yorkshire lad has been there or there about for a lot of his WSBK career! He has raced in World Superbikes from 2008 to present, he started in 2008 with Suzuki, then moved to Yamaha in 2009, then Kawasaki for the 2010-2018 season and he has been at the BMW WSBK squad for the last two seasons. From 2012 to to 2017 Tom Sykes was present in the top 3 in the WSBK Championship, he finished 3rd twice in 2015 and 2017, he finished 2nd three times in 2012, 2014 and 2016 and finally Tom won the WSBK Championship in 2013! In his time in World Superbikes Sykesy has raced 248 times, won 48 times this is the fifth highest amount in World Superbike history, stood on the podium 106 times, set the fastest race lap 37 times, claimed 2891.5 points and finally he holds the record for the most pole positions in World Superbike history and has been given the nickname of 'Mr Superpole' by the World Superbike fans.
Tom Sykes the 2013 WSBK World Champion!
Number 8: Max Biaggi
The Roman Emperor jumped over to World Superbike from MotoGP in 2007 after being beaten year after year by fellow Italian Valentino Rossi! Max jumped over to Suzuki in WSBK for the 2007 season, for 2008 Biaggi was with Ducati and finally Max raced for Aprilia from 2009-2012 then wildcarded in 2015 for Aprilia. Max started 157 WSBK races, in this time he won 21 races, stood on the podium 70 times, was fastest in qualifying 10 times, was fastest in a race lap 15 times and scored 2102 points across his 7 seasons he took part in. Unlike in MotoGP Max was able to win the World Superbike title, not only once but twice! He won the title in 2010 with Aprilia and then 2012, again with Aprilia. Max was not only a good WSBK rider but he was a brilliant motorbike racer in general!
'The Roman Emperor!'
Number 7: Doug Polen
This American was a stellar rider in his three full years in World Superbikes! He only started 80 races in his WSBK career, he stood on the podium 40 times, that means 50% of Doug's races ended up with him stood on the rostrum! Doug raced for Suzuki, Ducati and Honda. In his two seasons at Ducati, Polen won the World Superbike Championship twice in 1991 and 1992! He also won 26 races in his time at Ducati! The 27th win Polen had in his WSBK career was in 1989 in a wildcard for Suzuki in Japan. In Doug's short stint of 80 races in WSBK he won 27 times, stood on the podium 40 times, sat on pole 17 times, was fastest in a race 17 times and gained 1002 points!
Number 6: Noriyuki Haga
Nitro Nori joined WSBK in 1994 for wildcards, but he didn't race full time in WSBK until 1998. He started with Yamaha, he then joined Aprilia in 2002, the Ducati in 2004, then Yamaha in 2005, until 2009 when he returned to Ducati, Nori then returned to Aprilia for 2011 and finally wildcarded for BMW in 2012. Even though Noriyuki didn't manage to win a WSBK title he did stand on the top step 43 times in WSBK, this is the 4th highest amount of wins in World Superbike history. Nori started 312 races in WSBK, he stood on the podium 116 times, sat on pole 7 times, had the fastest lap 59 times and collected 3691 points in his quality career! Haga finished 2nd in the world 3 times in his career, 2000 on a Yamaha, 2007 on a Yamaha and 2009 on a Ducati, Nori was close to winning a World Superbike Championship but a doping case caused him to drop points and lose out on the title!
Number 5: Colin Edwards
The American from Texas came to WSBK in 1995 with Yamaha he stayed with Yamaha until the end of the 1997 season, when he made the move across to Honda where he stayed until he left WSBK in 2002. In these 8 seasons Colin raced 175 times, he won 31 races, finished on the podium 75 times, he started on pole 15 times, he had 23 fastest laps and got 2391.5 points. But, as well as these wins in the 8 seasons Edwards also won the WSBK Championship twice, once in 2000 and once in 2002! Colin may of been higher on this list if he had stayed in WSBK and had not moved over to MotoGP for the rest of his career from 2003 to 2014!
Colin Edwards on his beautiful Castrol Honda!
Number 4: Troy Corser
The Australian arrived in WSBK in 1995 with Ducati, he then left at the end of 1996. Corser then returned in 1998 with Ducati, he then stayed in WSBK till the end of the 2011 season, Troy raced for 6 manufacturers in his 16 WSBK seasons, some of these manufacturers were better than others! Troy raced for Ducati, Aprilia, Petronas, Suzuki, Yamaha and BMW. Troy entered 377 races in WSBK, he won 37 races, finished on the podium 130 times, sat on pole 43 times, had 45 fastest laps and claimed 4021.5 points in 16 seasons! As well as this Corser also won the WSBK Championship twice once in 1996 with Ducati and the second time in 2005 with Suzuki! Troy also held the record for the most pole positions until Tom Sykes came along and took this from him!
Troy Corser on the Aprilia RSV!
Number 3: Troy Bayliss
The Australian who comes from New South Wales arrived in the WSBK scene in 1997, with a wildcard in Australia with Suzuki, in 1998 he moved to Ducati for 4 races. Finally, Troy made his full time WSBK debut in 2000 with Ducati, Bayliss stayed at Ducati until the end of the 2002 season when he left WSBK for MotoGP. He later returned in 2006 with Ducati and then left again in 2008. He later returned a second time in 2015 with Ducati for 4 races. In 2000 when Bayliss made his full time debut in WSBK he was already 31 years old, this means that Troy arrived to the World scene later than a lot of his rivals! Despite Troy's age he was still able to win 3 WSBK titles, these titles came in 2001, 2006 and 2008, when Troy ended his full time career in 2008 he was 38 years old. Throughout his short career Troy started 152 races, won 52, finished on the podium 94 times, claimed 26 poles, had 35 fastest laps, accumulated 2442 points and he has the 3rd highest amounts of wins in WSBK history! Troy was also rather successful in MotoGP with 1 race win and 5 podiums!
Troy Bayliss' WSBK career was short but very sweet!
Number 2: Carl 'Foggy' Fogarty
The Englishman from Blackburn entered the WSBK Championship in 1988 as a wildcard rider, Foggy didn't have his first near full season in WSBK until 1991 with Honda, Carl then moved to Ducati from 1992 to 1995, for 1996 he had a single year for Honda and finally, from 1997 to 2000 Foggy raced for Ducati again. In these 10 seasons Foggy won the championship 4 times, all of these came for Ducati. In his time in WSBK Carl entered 220 races, won 59 races, finished on the podium 109 times, claimed pole 21 times, had 48 fastest laps, he racked up 3020 points and Carl holds the 2nd highest amount of WSBK wins. Carls career was cut short at the age of 35 in 2000 this was because of a crash that he suffered at Phillip Island, Foggy may of been able to go on and win more races and more championships in WSBK, but we will never know.
Carl 'Foggy' Fogarty dominating on his Ducati 916!
Number 1: Jonathan Rea
The Northern Irishman made his claim to World Superbike success after his move from Honda to Kawasaki, as soon as Rea swung his leg over his green machine in 2015 he set the World stage on fire! Before Rea moved to Kawasaki he had 42 podiums for Honda, with 15 of these being race wins. Jonathan had also not claimed a World Superbike title in the 6 full years he spent with the Honda WSBK Team, but he did finish 3rd in 2014. For 2015 Rea made to move to a different Japanese manufacturer, this being Kawasaki. Rea has been at Kawasaki for 6 seasons now. In 164 races for Kawasaki Jonathan Rea has finished on the podium 143 times. Of these 143 podiums Rea has stood on the top step 84 times in his green leathers! In all of Jonathan's 6 years at Kawasaki he has won the WSBK Championship, this meaning he has won 6 in a row, in this time Jonathan has accumulated 3,170 points. Rea also holds the joint most race wins in a season with 17 in 2018, he also holds the joint most podiums in a single season with 30 in 37 races, he has the joint most fastest laps in a single season with 14 in 2018 and 2017 and most importantly Rea has the most ever WSBK race wins with 99. Overall, Jonathan Rea has 304 WSBK race starts, 99 race wins, 185 podiums, 27 poles, 78 fastest laps and 4749.5 points in his WSBK career!
Jonathan Rea after winning his 6th WSBK title in 2020!
Who would you of put on your list that I missed out?