Motorcycle Racing -
The World Superbike championship is the pinnacle of production based motorcycle racing in the world. All the bikes are based on the road going version of the bike, with a strict limit on the modifications that can be made. This class is seen to be a more affordable world racing series, and is famous for producing close racing and exciting action. A number of the riders have gone on to race in MotoGP, such as Ben Spies, Cal Crutchlow and Colin Edwards. Amongst the regular World Superbike grid, riders such as Marc Melandri, Jonathan Rea and Leon Haslam have all experienced racing in both of the world championship series to some level.
Although now retired, former World Superbike Champion, Max Biaggi was also world champion in the 250cc World Championship, and was a regular rider in MotoGP.
World Superbike is particularly popular in the UK, with a large number of riders coming from the UK over the years. In this gallery, the British riders you will see will include the previously mentioned Jonathan Rea from Northern Ireland and Leon Haslam, but will also include Tom Sykes, Leon Camier and Northern Irishman Eugene Laverty.
Historically, the UK has produced a number of World Champions in this series. James Toseland is amongst the more recent, but the most famous is arguably Carl Fogarty.