1998 FIM Superbike World Championship
Championships rarely get more competitive than the 1998 season; five riders stood out as contenders early on, though one by one they would fall away. Noriyuki Haga's first full season started with 3 wins from 4 races and stalled abruptly when he beat himself to submission with a series of violent crashes. Pierfrancesco Chili's first official factory role with Ducati yielded 5 wins including a double at Kyalami, before a dramatic encounter with Carl Fogarty at Assen cost him his championship chance and his composure. The ever-consistent Troy Corser had a shot at the championship with 2 races to go, but a painfully slow crash in warm-up for the finale left him in hospital instead. Aaron Slight proved his resilience by picking himself up from mid-race crashes to still score points on 3 separate occasions, but it still wasn't rewarded; 2 frustrating races at Sugo ended in a shoving match with Neil Hodgson and 2nd place in the standings again - by just 4.5 points. Surviving the chaos, Carl Fogarty took his 3rd title in one of the most memorable Superbike years to date.
|1998-03-22||1||Phillip Island||World Superbike Australian Round||GO!|
|1998-04-13||2||Donington Park||World Superbike British Round||GO!|
|1998-05-10||3||Monza||World Superbike Italian Round||GO!|
|1998-05-24||4||Albacete||World Superbike Spanish Round||GO!|
|1998-06-07||5||Nürburgring||World Superbike German Round||GO!|
|1998-06-21||6||Misano||World Superbike San Marino Round||GO!|
|1998-07-05||7||Kyalami||World Superbike South African Round||GO!|
|1998-07-12||8||Laguna Seca||World Superbike United States Round||GO!|
|1998-08-02||9||Brands Hatch||World Superbike European Round||GO!|
|1998-08-30||10||A1-Ring||World Superbike Austrian Round||GO!|
|1998-09-06||11||Assen||World Superbike Dutch Round||GO!|
|1998-09-27||Sentul||Postponed from March 15, later cancelled due to political unrest in Indonesia.|
|1998-10-04||12||Sugo||World Superbike Japanese Round||GO!|
|1998-10-11||Shah Alam||Cancelled due to circuit failing FIM homologation.|
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