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.
|World Superbike Australian Round
|World Superbike British Round
|World Superbike Italian Round
|World Superbike Spanish Round
|World Superbike German Round
|World Superbike San Marino Round
|World Superbike South African Round
|World Superbike United States Round
|World Superbike European Round
|World Superbike Austrian Round
|World Superbike Dutch Round
|Postponed from March 15, later cancelled due to political unrest in Indonesia.
|World Superbike Japanese Round
|Cancelled due to circuit failing FIM homologation.
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