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 into 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.

DateRd.CircuitEvent NameResults
1998-03-221Flag of Australia Phillip IslandWorld Superbike Australian RoundGO!
1998-04-132Flag of Great Britain Donington ParkWorld Superbike British RoundGO!
1998-05-103Flag of Italy MonzaWorld Superbike Italian RoundGO!
1998-05-244Flag of Spain AlbaceteWorld Superbike Spanish RoundGO!
1998-06-075Flag of Germany NürburgringWorld Superbike German RoundGO!
1998-06-216Flag of Italy MisanoWorld Superbike San Marino RoundGO!
1998-07-057Flag of South Africa KyalamiWorld Superbike South African RoundGO!
1998-07-128Flag of USA Laguna SecaWorld Superbike United States RoundGO!
1998-08-029Flag of Great Britain Brands HatchWorld Superbike European RoundGO!
1998-08-3010Flag of Austria A1-RingWorld Superbike Austrian RoundGO!
1998-09-0611Flag of Netherlands AssenWorld Superbike Dutch RoundGO!
1998-09-27Flag of Indonesia SentulPostponed from March 15, later cancelled due to political unrest in Indonesia.
1998-10-0412Flag of Japan SugoWorld Superbike Japanese RoundGO!
1998-10-11Flag of Malaysia Shah AlamCancelled due to circuit failing FIM homologation.

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