WSBK Top ten riders - Ninth place.

Having asked you to vote for the MotoGP and British Superbike personality you think deserved to be crowned as your top rider of 2008, it is the turn for to countdown the World Superbike top ten, as voted for by you!

Of the three polls, this is arguably the most hotly contested, not least because we gave you a total of 25 riders to rate out of ten.

Having totted up their average scores from almost 25,000 votes, we will be revealing your World Superbike order over the next ten days, with the winner being announced on Friday 19th December.

WSBK Rider of the Year – Ninth place:

Name: Jakub Smrz
Nationality: Czech
Team: Guandalini Ducati
Bike: Ducati 1098 RS08
Wins: 0
Podiums: 0
Championship points: 120
Championship position: 13th

With much of the grid made up of privateer riders in 2008, the fight to be crowned the best 'independent' competitor this season was a hotly contested one.

Indeed, with barely any chance of a sustained challenge at the front of the field, the unofficial championship for the 'little guys' is almost as interesting as the one that grabs all of the attention and coverage up at the head of the grid.

Nonetheless, you show you haven't forgotten completely about what is going on further down the field by voting in Jakub Smrz as your ninth best rider of 2008.

Ironically, Smrz wasn't the highest placed privateer this season, but while Gregorio Lavilla took the 'title' through sheer consistency, 'Kuba' was arguably the quickest non-works funded rider this year.

A glance at his results list show obvious flashes of speed, with Smrz's best results coming at Assen, Motorsports Park and Donington Park in sixth place, while a further eight top ten finishes confirm he has the pace to run near the front.

However, it is Smrz's excellent performances in qualifying on the distinctive yellow and blue Guandalini Ducati that really caught the attention this year, namely his headline grabbing provisional pole positions at Assen and Brno, not to mention the front row start he achieved at Brands Hatch.

Related Pictures

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Smrz, Portuguese WSBK 2008
Villicum Circuit, Argentina, World Superbikes [Credit: WorldSBK]
Noderer, SSP300 Race, Aragon WSBK
De La Vega, SSP300 Race, Aragon WSBK
Loureiro, SSP300 Race, Aragon WSBK
Deroue, SSP300 Race, Aragon WSBK
Perez, SSP300 Race, Aragon WSBK
Noderer, SSP300 Race, Aragon WSBK
Noderer, SSP300 Race, Aragon WSBK
Valle and Deroue, SSP300 Race, Aragon WSBK
Deroue, SSP300 Race, Aragon WSBK
Noderer, SSP300 Race, Aragon WSBK
Noderer, SSP300 Race, Aragon WSBK
Deroue, SSP300 Race, Aragon WSBK
Perez, SSP300 Race, Aragon WSBK
Giacomini, SSP300 Race, Aragon WSBK
Deroue and Valle, SSP300 Race, Aragon WSBK
Bastianelli, SSP300 Race, Aragon WSBK

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Richard - Unregistered

December 11, 2008 1:40 PM

Pokud je druhy rok povazovan v jakekoliv serii za ten nejobtiznejsi, pak to nejhorsi mame za sebou. Takze Hodne stesti v roce 2009 = Good Luck in 2009 !!!

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