1997 FIM Superbike World Championship
The John Kocinski/Carl Fogarty team swap benefited both parties; Kocinski's meticulous personality was a perfect fit at Honda while Fogarty was welcomed back to the familiar Ducati stable. With Troy Corser leaving on a doomed voyage the 500cc Grand Prix, Fogarty and Kocinski started a rivalry reminiscent of the 1993 season, but this time it had the weight of genuine dislike behind it. After some disastrous early-season results Kocinski found a rhythm and strung together a run of wins and podiums right as Fogarty's performances crumbled into repeated crashes. Kocinski sealed Honda's 3rd championship at the penultimate round, then with his work complete announced his return to 500cc Grand Prix for 1998. Aaron Slight remained close but barely out of reach of title contention, followed in the standings by the impressive Kawasaki pairing of Simon Crafar - who deserved better than the horrendous bad luck he endured all year - and Akira Yanagawa who immediately impressed and became the first Japanese rider to win a World Superbike race outside of Japan.
|1997-03-23||1||Phillip Island||World Superbike Australian Round||GO!|
|1997-04-20||2||Misano||World Superbike San Marino Round||GO!|
|1997-05-04||3||Donington Park||World Superbike British Round||GO!|
|1997-06-08||4||Hockenheim||World Superbike German Round||GO!|
|1997-06-22||5||Monza||World Superbike Italian Round||GO!|
|1997-07-13||6||Laguna Seca||World Superbike United States Round||GO!|
|1997-08-03||7||Brands Hatch||World Superbike European Round||GO!|
|1997-08-17||8||A1-Ring||World Superbike Austrian Round||GO!|
|1997-08-31||9||Assen||World Superbike Dutch Round||GO!|
|1997-09-21||10||Albacete||World Superbike Spanish Round||GO!|
|1997-10-05||11||Sugo||World Superbike Japanese Round||GO!|
|1997-10-12||12||Sentul||World Superbike Indonesian Round||GO!|
Can You Help?
The following official data is currently missing:
1997-05-04 Donington Park: Warm-Up
1997-07-13 Laguna Seca: Qualifying 1, Warm-Up
1997-08-31 Assen: Free Practice 2
1997-10-12 Sentul: Warm-Up
Copies of any of this information would be greatly appreciated. If you have any additional information about this season's races or riders, please contact me!