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 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.

DateRd.CircuitEvent NameResults
1997-03-231Australia Phillip IslandWorld Superbike Australian RoundGO!
1997-04-202Italy MisanoWorld Superbike San Marino RoundGO!
1997-05-043Great Britain Donington ParkWorld Superbike British RoundGO!
1997-06-084Germany HockenheimWorld Superbike German RoundGO!
1997-06-225Italy MonzaWorld Superbike Italian RoundGO!
1997-07-136USA Laguna SecaWorld Superbike United States RoundGO!
1997-08-037Great Britain Brands HatchWorld Superbike European RoundGO!
1997-08-178Austria A1-RingWorld Superbike Austrian RoundGO!
1997-08-319Netherlands AssenWorld Superbike Dutch RoundGO!
1997-09-2110Spain AlbaceteWorld Superbike Spanish RoundGO!
1997-10-0511Japan SugoWorld Superbike Japanese RoundGO!
1997-10-1212Indonesia SentulWorld Superbike Indonesian RoundGO!

Can You Help?

The following official data is currently missing:

1997-04-20 Misano: Free Practice 2, Warm-Up

1997-06-08 Hockenheim: Qualifying 2

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!