Jan 17

2018 promises to break records in WorldSBK

New season could rewrite the history books for the top class

With the 2018 MOTUL FIM Superbike World Championship on the horizon, anticipation is building as we begin to look at some milestones which could be reached, or records broken throughout the 2018 season.

Welcoming the arrival of many talented riders such as Toprak Razgatlioglu (Puccetti Racing), PJ Jacobsen (TripleM Honda WorldSBK Team), Yonny Hernandez (Team Pedercini), Gabriele Ruiu (Grillini Racing) and Jake Gagne (Red Bull Honda), there is a chance one of these riders could win on their debut performance. If this was the case, they would become the first rider since Max Biaggi to stand on the top step in his first race – back in 2007. More recently, Ben Spies also won in his first weekend of competition, although in his case it was in Race 2 (Phillip Island, 2009).

But there are established WorldSBK stars who have the opportunity to write new pages in the WorldSBK record book. Jonathan Rea (Kawasaki Racing Team) was able to achieve this feat a few times in 2017, but his achievement of a third consecutive title for the first time in the history of the Championship was the greatest of 2017. The Northern Irish rider can take this record further if he gets a fourth world title this year, which would equal the record of the most successful rider in the premier class, Carl Fogarty. Another noteworthy milestone may come soon if Rea continues to perform at his stunning level, after ending 2017 with his 54th victory in the Championship, he will only need six to surpass the all time record which is again held by Fogarty.

The complete article here on worldsbk.com

source: worldsbk.com