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WSB’s forgotten winners…

Published: 24 April 2018

With Kawasaki’s current domination of the WSB championship, where they have won four out of the last five titles, not to mention Ducati's destruction of its rivals in 1990s, it is all too easy to forget past champions. Not to mention their road bike inspiration.

So, before we forget, MCN has dipped into the record books to dig up a few past WSB championship-winning bikes that you may have forgotten ever tasted the winner’s champagne. And we aren’t talking ultra rare RC30s or Bologna V-twins, we are talking far more common machines that are easy to loacte in MCN Bikes for Sale if you fancy riding home on a WSB winner this weekend. Or one that looks like one anyway...

 

1993 Kawasaki ZXR750

In 1993, Scott Russell and the Muzzy Kawasaki squad took the WSB title, defeating some chap from Blackburn on a Ducati 888 in the process. It was a very short-lived slice of glory, but the sight of Russell, who partied as hard as he rode, beating homologation specials such as the Honda RC30 or Ducati 888 on ‘road bike’ made good brought a tear to anyone who loves hoover pipes’ eyes…

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2000 Honda SP-1

Yep, it was developed by HRC, but the SP-1 (and later the SP-2) was such a wonderful ‘up yours’ by Honda to Ducati and WSB’s organisers you just have to love it. They remain a beautiful road bike, but used prices are really starting to climb, which is a real shame as we would all love to be Colin Edwards for a day.

 

2005 Suzuki GSX-R1000 K5

Be honest, who had forgotten that the GSX-R1000 had won a WSB title? Well it did, in 2005 in the hands of Troy Corser and the Alstare Suzuki Corona squad. Troy smoked the dominant Ducati 999s and won the title, the first time it had been done on an inline four litre bike. Good on ya sport...

 

2007 Honda CBR1000RR Fireblade

Another forgotten WSB title, Honda’s first on a four-cylinder since John Kocinski on the RC45 and the firm’s first (and to date last) inline four title. Step forward James Toseland who rode like a bloody demon all year on a Ten Kate Blade that if we are being honest, wasn’t as fast as he made it look!

 

2009 Yamaha YZF-R1

What a year of racing. Ben Spies stormed to the WSB title on both his, and the crossplane R1’s, first year in the series. He rode his luck at times, but there was no denying Ben’s huge skill on a superbike. Or a MotoGP bike for that matter! Yamaha have struggled to replicate his achievement ever since in the WSB series…

 

2010 Aprilia RSV4

Aprilia won their first of three WSB titles for the RSV4 in 2010 with Max Biaggi at the controls. Max went on to take another title in 2012 before Sylvain Guintoli took Aprilia’s last success in 2014. As well as proving their ability to build a stunning V4 racer, the RSV4 also demonstrated that ‘win on Sunday, sell on Monday’ doesn’t ring true anymore as they have struggled like hell to shift RSV4s. A fact that makes them amazing value in the used market…

 

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