WSBK » Six of the Best: WSBK titles down to the wire

Tom Sykes wrapped up the 2013 World Superbike Championship with just one race to spare at Jerez on Sunday. looks back on six titles that were decided even later.

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October 23, 2013 4:41 PM

Absolutely. Considering how he recovered from such an inconsistent start really showed his mettle.

He did score 11 pole positions over the entire season but he took pole at the 1st 7 rounds, the first time it was ever done, which is what the article alludes to.


October 23, 2013 6:48 PM

Spies was lucky in 2009 because he stood against weak opposition. His fiercest rival was 34 y.o. Haga and even Fabrizio scored a victory that season. Bayliss had retired and RSV4 was still in development. Today's level of WSBK field is much higher - where is Haga now, where is Fabrizio, where is Neukirchner?


October 23, 2013 8:23 PM


Thats so unfair to say.. The riders you mention where on Top form, where real candidates to Win the title.. Haga and Fabrizio where on the Super Ducati.. everybody including me where puching for Haga was is best chance ever since Ducati was allways a winning bike.. Yeah is true that hower best racer was Troy Bailiss no doubt about that he was a master, but what Ben Spies did on the R1 was true performance and what the other riders did was is best to beat Ben.. There is no weack rivals was very Hard for Ben to Win he did incredible races.. He was just the best End of Story.. Is like speacking about Rossi, when riders do somethingh speacial allways show up some smart dudes here saying that was esay. No rivals.. Yeah right.. Had some respect for riders.. James Toselond and cal crutchlow ride the R1 on the next year and what they did? If you wach the reporters from Eurosport with Big mouth on the 1 round of the 2010 sesson saying that the R1 improve a lot more Power ETC an


October 23, 2013 8:24 PM
Last Edited 835 days ago

and with Riders like James T and cal crutchlow this bike would be on the podium more Yeah right what i saw was the bike on the floor more times..lolo

I mean you just need to wach the Gap on Points year after year to see how hard it was 2009..

das boot

October 25, 2013 10:57 PM
Last Edited 833 days ago

For me the best season was the Edwards vs Bayliss battle of 2002. Edwards was always in Troy's shadow. The amazing comeback, with win after win by Edwards and Troy's misfortune towards the end of the season perfectly setup the final race, where it was a head to head winner take all. Add to it the final race was bar to bar, pass after pass until the final end. Absolutely fantastic to watch.

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