WSBK Top ten riders - Third 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 Saturday 20th December.

WSBK Rider of the Year – Third place:

Name: Troy Corser
Nationality: Australian
Team: Yamaha Italia
Bike: Yamaha YZF-R1
Wins: 0
Podiums: 13
Championship points: 342
Championship position: 2nd

In the year that he became the most experienced World Superbike rider of all-time, Troy Corser continues to prove that he is by no means finished with the series, despite another winless season at Yamaha.

The antithesis of team-mate Noriyuki Haga, who won on seven occasions, Corser was still able to beat the Japanese rider with his blend of consistency and front-running pace, his 13 podiums ensuring he ended the year as the runner-up.

Not that Corser wasn't trying hard to break his duck with Yamaha, the likeable Australian rider vowing in every post-qualifying press release (particularly when he qualified on the front row) that this would be the moment he would get back on top of the podium.

As it happens, Corser finished second on four occasions and third a further nine times. Failing to score just three times (only Gregorio Lavilla and Carlos Checa had better records), Corser's best chance arguably came at the Nurburgring when the confusion surrounding a rain-induced red flag saw him give up the win to Haga.

Nonetheless, while Corser may not have grabbed any headlines on the Sunday afternoon for the second year in succession, his reputation is such that, despite the drought, he is still considered a feared contender by many of his rivals.

It remains to be seen whether that will transfer over into 2009 when Corser regresses back into his role as a 'development rider', this time for the new BMW team.

Although there is little doubt that BMW, with their huge pool of resources, will come good eventually, it remains to be seen how quickly we will see Corser back up at the front. Still, having got used to not quite mounting the podium for a couple of years now, patience is certainly a virtue for this rider.

3rd – Troy Corser
4th – Max Neukirchner
5th – Ryuichi Kiyonari
6th – Ruben Xaus
7th – Carlos Checa
8th – Max Biaggi
9th – Jakub Smrz
10th – Michel Fabrizio

Tomorrow: Who finishes second in your WSBK Rider of the Year poll?

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