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Bayliss v Rossi v Schumacher.

By winning his third World Superbike Championship at Magny-Cours on Sunday, Troy Bayliss became the second most successful WSBK rider in history - behind only four-time champion Carl Fogarty.

Foggy also continues to lead the all-time WSBK win list, with 59 victories, however Bayliss has claimed his present 50 wins from just 150 starts (compared with 220 for Fogarty).

In terms of percentage, Bayliss tops the WSBK list for both wins (33.3%) and podiums (61.3%) - Foggy's win rate being 26.8% with 49.5% for podiums - but how does that compare against the achievements of F1 legend Michael Schumacher and MotoGP superstar Valentino Rossi?

The first table below shows the most important stats for each competitor, with the second listing their achievements as a percentage. Rossi's stats are for 500cc/MotoGP only:

Troy Bayliss: 150 (races) 50 (wins) 92 (podiums) 25 (poles) 3 (titles)
Valentino Rossi: 148 (races) 70 (wins) 113 (podiums) 41 (poles) 6 (titles)
Michael Schumacher: 248 (races) 91 (wins) 154 (podiums) 68 (poles) 7 (titles)

Troy Bayliss: 33.3% (win) 61.3% (podium) 16.7% (pole) 60% (title)*
Valentino Rossi: 47.3% (win) 76.4% (podium) 27.7% (pole) 66.7% (title)*
Michael Schumacher: 36.7% (win) 62.1% (podium) 27.4% (pole) 50.0% (title)*

* only full racing seasons were included for the title percentage (Bayliss missed three rounds of the 2000 season, whilst Schumacher missed part of both the 1991 and 1999 seasons).


The stats show that, whilst Rossi leads the way in all categories, Bayliss holds second in terms of his title-winning rate - courtesy of his three titles in five full seasons - with Schumacher second to Rossi on both race wins and pole percentage.

Bayliss now has just two races to improve his stats further, before retirement.


Related Pictures

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Bayliss, French WSBK Race 2 2008
Rossi watching race, SSTK 1000 Race, Misano WSBK 2016
Rossi watching race, SSTK 1000 Race, Misano WSBK 2016
Rossi watching race, SSTK 1000 Race, Misano WSBK 2016
Rossi watching race, SSTK 1000 Race, Misano WSBK 2016
Rossi watching race, SSTK 1000 Race, Misano WSBK 2016
Rossi watching race, SSTK 1000 Race, Misano WSBK 2016
Rossi watching race, SSTK 1000 Race, Misano WSBK 2016
Rossi watching race, SSTK 1000 Race, Misano WSBK 2016
Rossi watching race, SSTK 1000 Race, Misano WSBK 2016
Canepa and Louis Rossi, STK 1000 race, Italian WSBK 2016
Louis Rossi, STK 1000 race, Italian WSBK 2016
Louis Rossi, STK 1000 race, Italian WSBK 2016
Louis Rossi, STK race, Italian WSBK 2016
Louis Rossi, SSTK, Italian WSBK 2016
Louis Rossi, SSTK, Italian WSBK 2016
Louis Rossi, SSTK, Italian WSBK 2016
Louis Rossi, SSTK, Italian WSBK 2016

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Jack Mordino

October 08, 2008 9:57 PM

gin, in 2000 Rossi and Edwards were in the Honda team for the Suzuka 8-hour. When they got on the VTR Rossi was consistently about 1 second faster than Edwards. On the very same bike and tyres. If you consider that Edwards was at his best back then competing and winning races from Bayliss then it becomes very clear how Rossi compares to him and the rest of the WSBK riders. It's the spirit, attitude and psychology (together with talent of course) that makes Rossi such a dominant figure. I doubt he'll lose them if he competes against other riders on different bikes.



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