REVEALED: Your WSBK Rider of the Decade

With three titles and a victory ratio of one in every three races, Troy Bayliss is the undisputed top rider between 2000 and 2010...
Having established the top World Superbike rider for 2010, we extended the parameters over Christmas by offering you the chance to vote for the best rider since the new millennium thus far.

We drew up a shortlist of ten riders – seven champions crowned between 2000 and 2010 and three worthy 'wild-cards' – before handing over to you to decide whom has been the best WSBK rider of the past decade.

You voted in your thousands, though it was apparent early on that there was going to be a clear winner – Troy Bayliss.

The only rider in our list to have sealed three titles during that period, Bayliss ran away with the vote with an average rating of 9.3, the Australian's statistics of winning 52 of the 152 races he participated in proving difficult to argue with.

It enabled him to make a clean break over your second place finisher Ben Spies, the American making enough of an impression in just a single season of WSBK competition with Yamaha to earn an impressive average score of 8.5.

His Texan counterpart Colin Edwards – and nemesis to Bayliss – follows just behind, his memorable victory over the Australian in 2002 helping him secure third overall.

Proving you don't need a title to acquire legendary status, you considered Noriyuki Haga as the fourth best rider of the last decade, marginally ahead of 2005 champion – and notorious bike-hopper – Troy Corser.

Our most recent champion Max Biaggi scored 6.9 to land sixth in your reckoning, ahead of double champion James Toseland and runaway 2003 winner Neil Hodgson. Finally, Ruben Xaus and Regis Laconi – worthy runners-up in 2003 and 2004 – round out the top ten.

The full result, with each riders' average score out of ten, is as follows:

1. Troy Bayliss 9.313
2. Ben Spies 8.526
3. Colin Edwards 8.000
4. Noriyuki Haga 7.272
5. Troy Corser 7.101
6. Max Biaggi 6.890
7. James Toseland 6.496
8. Neil Hodgson 6.085
9. Ruben Xaus 4.972
10. Regis Laconi 4.839

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Russell - Unregistered

January 06, 2011 12:22 PM

Totally agree that Bayliss should be top. Awesome rider and a real shame that he's retired. Not sure that Spies should be second though. Don't get me wrong I think Spies was great, but he only rode for one year. If he was consistantly good over 3 or 4 years then that would be different. I think Haga and Biaggi should be above Spies. All in all though top riders that deserve their place :)


January 06, 2011 1:57 PM

HAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!!! @52FTW Your kidding right?! You say Toseland is underrated and than go and make your list - without Edwards! How can anyone take you seriously? It's a farce for people like you to keep harping on JT being up in the rankings yet leaving Edwards out who has more wins, more poles, and more fastest laps between 2000-2002 than JT has in 7 years! What Edwards did in 3 years JT STILL hasn't done yet you rank him higher? So how does that make any sense?

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