1996 FIM Superbike World Championship

Forget everything you knew from 1995. Reigning champion Carl Fogarty left Ducati for a new challenge and struggled to adapt to the factory Honda, and into the Ducati fold came former Grand Prix winner John Kocinski who showed up at his first race weekend for over a year and took pole position followed by a dominant win. The change wasn't permanent and by the end of the year Fogarty had a handful of wins while Kocinski clashed so badly with team manager Virginio Ferrari that they no longer spoke; both riders would swap teams for 1997. 1996 is fondly remembered for some of the closest races in history at Monza, Hockenheim and Assen, but consistency from Troy Corser and Aaron Slight quietly kept them at the top of the points table. With a chance to win his first title at the final round Slight crashed his hopes away, leaving him a close 2nd to Corser whose collision with a seagull in the season finale didn't prevent the Australian being crowned champion in front of his home crowd.

DateRd.CircuitEvent NameResults
1996-04-141Flag of Italy MisanoWorld Superbike San Marino RoundGo!
1996-04-282Flag of Great Britain Donington ParkWorld Superbike British RoundGo!
1996-05-123Flag of Germany HockenheimWorld Superbike German RoundGo!
1996-05-19Flag of France Le MansCancelled for financial reasons.
1996-06-164Flag of Italy MonzaWorld Superbike Italian RoundGo!
1996-06-305Flag of Czech Republic BrnoWorld Superbike Czech RoundGo!
1996-07-216Flag of USA Laguna SecaWorld Superbike United States RoundGo!
1996-08-047Flag of Great Britain Brands HatchWorld Superbike European RoundGo!
1996-08-188Flag of Indonesia SentulWorld Superbike Indonesian RoundGo!
1996-08-259Flag of Japan SugoWorld Superbike Japanese RoundGo!
1996-09-0810Flag of Netherlands AssenWorld Superbike Dutch RoundGo!
1996-10-0611Flag of Spain AlbaceteWorld Superbike Spanish RoundGo!
1996-10-2712Flag of Australia Phillip IslandWorld Superbike Australian RoundGo!

Can You Help?

The following official results are currently missing:

1996-04-14 Misano: Free Practice 1, Qualifying 1, Free Practice 2, Qualifying 2, Warm-Up

1996-04-28 Donington Park: Free Practice 1, Qualifying 1, Free Practice 2, Qualifying 2, Warm-Up

1996-05-12 Hockenheim: Free Practice 1, Qualifying 1, Free Practice 2, Qualifying 2, Warm-Up

1996-06-30 Brno: Free Practice 1, Qualifying 1, Free Practice 2, Qualifying 2, Warm-Up

1996-07-21 Laguna Seca: Free Practice 1, Qualifying 1, Free Practice 2, Qualifying 2, Warm-Up

1996-08-04 Brands Hatch: Qualifying 2

1996-08-18 Sentul: Free Practice 1, Qualifying 1, Free Practice 2, Qualifying 2, Warm-Up

1996-08-25 Sugo: Free Practice 1, Qualifying 1, Free Practice 2, Qualifying 2, Warm-Up

1996-09-08 Assen: Free Practice 1, Qualifying 1, Free Practice 2, Qualifying 2, Warm-Up

1996-10-06 Albacete: Free Practice 1, Qualifying 1, Free Practice 2, Qualifying 2, Warm-Up

1996-10-27 Phillip Island: Warm-Up

Copies of any of these results would be greatly appreciated. If you have any additional information about this season's races or riders, please contact me!