Top 10 BSB Rider of the Year:
Honda CBR1000RR EVO
0 (3 in EVO class)
0 (20 in EVO class)
54 (423 in EVO class)
21st (1st in EVO class)
As far as new British Superbike Championship teams go, they don't come more ambitious than Team WFR, which burst into the series in 2011 with an accomplished three-man line-up and an eye on lifting the EVO title at its first attempt.
As it happens, winning the EVO title turned out to be an easy objective as WFR won all but four rounds over the course of the season, though choosing between its three riders – Glen Richards, Graeme Gowland and Alex Lowes (latterly Jake Zemke and then James Westmoreland) – was far tougher.
In terms of experience, Richards was the obvious favourite and the fact he would emerge as the category's second (and probably last) champion would come as no surprise to those making predictions pre-season.
However, Richards's run to the title was more about quality over quantity, the Australian winning on just 3 occasions as he allowed Lowes to dominate early on before Gowland almost entirely swept the board in the final half of the year.
But with Lowes stepping up to the championship class and Gowland's title hopes dashed by early season injuries, Richards merely had to concentrate on racking up the points. Even so, while Gowland's 13 wins to Richards' 3 suggests one as being more deserving of the EVO title on paper, it's worth noting that Richards finished second 13 times, ensuring his series lead was never anything more than nibbled at.
Indeed, Richards's performance may not have been necessarily headline-grabbing, particularly alongside giant-killers Lowes and Gowland, but while they made an impression for WFR, it is Richards that has established the legacy with his title win.
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