2008 Superbike World Championship season

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2008 Superbike World Championship season
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The 2008 World Superbike racing season was the 21st season of the Superbike World Championship. Corona Extra ceased to be the championship's title sponsor, as it had been since 1998.[1] The electronics manufacturer HANNspree took over as the title sponsor in 2008 and this arrangement remained in place until 2010, with the championship officially known as the "HANNspree SBK Superbike World Championship".[2]

The Superbike World Championship returned to the United States on 1 June 2008, for the 2008 6th round of the Superbike World Championship. The round took place at the Miller Motorsports Park near Salt Lake City, Utah.[3] This was the first time SBK had raced in the United States since the 2004 round at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca. The Superbike World Championship shared the weekend with the AMA Superbike Championship and its support classes. However to avoid direct comparisons between World Superbike and AMA Superbike, and because of sponsorship issues the two championships raced on different configurations of the circuit. World Superbikes used the 3.048 miles (4.905 km) Outer Track, while AMA Superbike and its support classes used the 4.5 miles (7.2 km) Main Track.[4]

The provisional championship calendar was made up of 15 rounds but the Indonesian round in Sentul International Circuit was removed from the final calendar.[5]

Australian rider Troy Bayliss won his third Superbike World Championship riding the factory supported Ducati 1098. He secured the title with his 50th race win at the second race at Magny-Cours.

Season Calendar[edit]

Round Country Circuit Date Pole Position Fastest Lap Winning Rider Winning Team Report
1 R1 Qatar Qatar Losail 23 February Australia Troy Corser Japan Noriyuki Haga Australia Troy Bayliss Xerox Ducati Report
R2 Spain Fonsi Nieto Spain Fonsi Nieto Alstare Suzuki
2 R1 Australia Australia Phillip Island 2 March Australia Troy Bayliss Australia Troy Bayliss Australia Troy Bayliss Xerox Ducati Report
R2 Italy Max Biaggi Australia Troy Bayliss Xerox Ducati
3 R1 Spain Spain Valencia 6 April Germany Max Neukirchner Japan Noriyuki Haga Italy Lorenzo Lanzi Team R.G Report
R2 Spain Carlos Checa Japan Noriyuki Haga Yamaha Motor Italia
4 R1 Netherlands Netherlands Assen 27 April Australia Troy Bayliss Germany Max Neukirchner Australia Troy Bayliss Xerox Ducati Report
R2 Australia Troy Bayliss Australia Troy Bayliss Xerox Ducati
5 R1 Italy Italy Monza 11 May Australia Troy Bayliss Japan Noriyuki Haga Germany Max Neukirchner Alstare Suzuki Report
R2 Japan Noriyuki Haga Japan Noriyuki Haga Yamaha Motor Italia
6 R1 United States United States Miller Motorsports Park 1 June Spain Carlos Checa Spain Carlos Checa Spain Carlos Checa Ten Kate Honda Report
R2 Spain Carlos Checa Spain Carlos Checa Ten Kate Honda
7 R1 Germany Germany Nürburgring 15 June Germany Max Neukirchner Australia Troy Bayliss Japan Noriyuki Haga Yamaha Motor Italia Report
R2 Japan Noriyuki Haga Japan Noriyuki Haga Yamaha Motor Italia
8 R1 San Marino San Marino Misano Adriatico 29 June Australia Troy Corser Czech Republic Jakub Smrž Germany Max Neukirchner Alstare Suzuki Report
R2 Australia Troy Corser Spain Rubén Xaus Sterilgarda Go Eleven
9 R1 Czech Republic Czech Republic Brno 20 July Australia Troy Bayliss Australia Troy Bayliss Australia Troy Bayliss Xerox Ducati Report
R2 Italy Michel Fabrizio Australia Troy Bayliss Xerox Ducati
10 R1 United Kingdom Great Britain Brands Hatch 3 August Australia Troy Bayliss Japan Ryuichi Kiyonari Japan Ryuichi Kiyonari Ten Kate Honda Report
R2 Italy Michel Fabrizio Japan Ryuichi Kiyonari Ten Kate Honda
11 R1 European Union Europe Donington Park 7 September Australia Troy Bayliss Australia Troy Bayliss Australia Troy Bayliss Xerox Ducati Report
R2 United Kingdom James Ellison Japan Ryuichi Kiyonari Ten Kate Honda
12 R1 Italy Italy Vallelunga 21 September Australia Troy Bayliss Spain Carlos Checa Japan Noriyuki Haga Yamaha Motor Italia Report
R2 Australia Troy Corser Japan Noriyuki Haga Yamaha Motor Italia
13 R1 France France Magny-Cours 5 October Japan Noriyuki Haga Spain Carlos Checa Japan Noriyuki Haga Yamaha Motor Italia Report
R2 Australia Troy Bayliss Australia Troy Bayliss Xerox Ducati
14 R1 Portugal Portugal Portimão 2 November Australia Troy Bayliss Australia Troy Bayliss Australia Troy Bayliss Xerox Ducati Report
R2 Australia Troy Bayliss Australia Troy Bayliss Xerox Ducati

Championship standings[edit]

Riders' standings[edit]

2008 Final Riders Standings[6]
Pos Rider Bike QAT
Qatar
AUS
Australia
ESP
Spain
NED
Netherlands
ITA
Italy
USA
United States
GER
Germany
SMR
San Marino
CZE
Czech Republic
GBR
United Kingdom
EUR
European Union
ITA
Italy
FRA
France
POR
Portugal
Pts
R1 R2 R1 R2 R1 R2 R1 R2 R1 R2 R1 R2 R1 R2 R1 R2 R1 R2 R1 R2 R1 R2 R1 R2 R1 R2 R1 R2
1 Australia Bayliss Ducati 1 4 1 1 2 2 1 1 3 Ret Ret 22 2 4 3 3 1 1 2 11 1 Ret 6 16 3 1 1 1 460
2 Australia Corser Yamaha 3 7 2 Ret 3 5 5 10 12 8 2 Ret 4 2 2 5 2 4 8 3 Ret 3 3 3 6 3 3 6 342
3 Japan Haga Yamaha 14 13 8 7 Ret 1 Ret 2 2 1 Ret 6 1 1 10 4 6 7 19 2 Ret DSQ 1 1 1 2 Ret 14 327
4 Spain C. Checa Honda 6 11 6 2 5 3 2 3 8 Ret 1 1 5 5 5 8 8 Ret 6 8 Ret 9 5 5 7 4 2 7 313
5 Germany Neukirchner Suzuki 5 8 7 5 Ret DNS 3 5 1 2 4 2 3 3 1 7 7 5 7 4 Ret 14 4 4 5 9 Ret 4 311
6 Spain Nieto Suzuki 7 1 5 3 4 10 Ret 11 7 4 5 8 8 9 12 10 14 8 5 5 7 Ret 12 6 2 8 5 5 256
7 Italy Biaggi Ducati 2 3 Ret Ret 16 8 10 12 5 Ret 9 4 13 7 Ret 2 4 3 3 12 3 6 2 Ret 4 6 Ret 13 238
8 Italy Fabrizio Ducati 9 5 3 19 Ret 13 Ret Ret 9 5 3 3 7 6 Ret 11 3 2 12 6 Ret 5 7 2 Ret 14 Ret 2 223
9 Japan Kiyonari Honda 22 19 9 6 Ret 4 7 Ret 6 3 10 7 12 11 14 13 5 6 1 1 Ret 1 Ret 13 8 11 206
10 Spain Xaus Ducati 4 2 4 4 Ret 7 16 4 Ret 7 14 Ret 6 8 4 1 Ret Ret DNS DNS Ret 8 Ret 12 Ret 5 9 Ret 178
11 Japan Kagayama Suzuki 8 Ret Ret 6 4 6 4 Ret 8 5 DNS DNS 11 12 9 9 4 25 5 19 9 7 8 7 15 23 154
12 Spain Lavilla Honda 13 14 11 8 7 11 9 7 11 10 13 15 Ret 14 8 14 15 14 14 13 4 7 14 Ret 10 12 6 8 135
13 Czech Republic Smrž Ducati 10 9 Ret 18 14 14 6 8 10 Ret 6 DSQ 11 Ret 7 9 Ret 11 9 9 6 12 13 11 Ret 13 Ret 12 120
14 Italy Lanzi Ducati 16 6 13 20 1 12 14 11 11 10 Ret 20 6 6 Ret 13 11 10 Ret 11 11 18 Ret 11 109
15 Australia Muggeridge Honda 17 20 12 10 6 20 14 13 Ret 6 7 11 10 12 Ret Ret 11 Ret 16 Ret 9 Ret Ret Ret 12 Ret 14 21 77
16 France Laconi Kawasaki 15 16 Ret 17 8 9 11 16 Ret Ret Ret 9 14 10 Ret Ret Ret Ret Ret 16 Ret 15 16 9 11 20 10 10 61
17 Italy Rolfo Honda 11 15 10 16 10 17 22 14 20 16 16 17 17 18 Ret 12 10 14 Ret 13 8 10 Ret 10 12 18 59
18 Turkey Sofuoğlu Honda 12 10 14 11 12 15 12 19 12 14 Ret 21 18 Ret 10 10 13 17 Ret DNS Ret Ret 9 19 54
19 Japan Nakatomi Yamaha 21 Ret 15 15 11 16 15 15 13 12 16 Ret 18 18 9 15 12 15 DNS DNS 13 18 10 8 14 16 13 17 51
20 Japan Tamada Kawasaki Ret 12 Ret 14 9 Ret 8 9 Ret Ret 19 13 9 13 Ret Ret 16 17 18 18 Ret 16 20 19 18 18 19 24 41
21 United Kingdom Sykes Suzuki Ret 7 2 10 35
22 United Kingdom Haslam Honda 8 Ret 7 3 33
23 United Kingdom Crutchlow Honda Ret 2 Ret 9 27
24 Italy Badovini Kawasaki 18 17 Ret 21 17 21 13 18 Ret 9 17 12 17 Ret Ret 17 17 Ret Ret 21 12 Ret 15 Ret 16 17 11 16 24
25 United Kingdom Ellison Honda 10 4 19
26 United Kingdom Rea Honda 4 15 14
27 Australia Holland Honda 24 21 17 9 13 19 18 20 16 13 15 Ret 19 19 14
28 Spain D. Checa Yamaha 23 Ret Ret 12 15 18 Ret DNS Ret DNS Ret 15 15 16 Ret 16 17 20 11 Ret 17 20 Ret Ret 20 22 12
29 France Gimbert Yamaha 20 18 16 13 Ret DNS 17 17 15 14 18 17 15 16 16 Ret Ret Ret Ret 19 Ret Ret Ret 14 13 Ret 16 20 12
30 Japan Aoyama Honda 25 22 18 Ret Ret 24 19 21 18 16 Ret Ret Ret 24 13 19 18 18 Ret 22 14 17 19 17 19 22 18 26 5
31 United Kingdom Walker Honda 15 15 Ret Ret 18 15 15 15 17 19 5
32 Italy Canepa Ducati 13 Ret 3
33 United States Beck Yamaha 19 15 1
- Italy Iannuzzo Kawasaki Ret Ret DNS DNS Ret Ret 22 19 20 Ret Ret Ret Ret Ret 20 Ret Ret Ret Ret Ret Ret 23 Ret Ret 0
- Italy Morelli Honda Ret Ret Ret DNS 18 23 Ret Ret 17 Ret 21 24 Ret Ret 0
- United States Pridmore Honda 21 18 Ret 23 Ret Ret 19 19 22 23 0
- France Napoleone Yamaha Ret Ret Ret Ret 20 Ret 21 22 Ret Ret 24 21 Ret 22 0
- Austria Zaiser Yamaha 21 20 23 Ret Ret Ret Ret Ret Ret Ret Ret 29 0
Pos Rider Bike QAT
Qatar
AUS
Australia
ESP
Spain
NED
Netherlands
ITA
Italy
USA
United States
GER
Germany
SMR
San Marino
CZE
Czech Republic
GBR
United Kingdom
EUR
European Union
ITA
Italy
FRA
France
POR
Portugal
Pts
Colour Result
Gold Winner
Silver 2nd place
Bronze 3rd place
Green Points finish
Blue Non-points finish
Non-classified finish (NC)
Purple Did not finish (Ret)
Red Did not qualify (DNQ)
Did not pre-qualify (DNPQ)
Black Disqualified (DSQ)
White Did not start (DNS)
Withdrew (WD)
Race cancelled (C)
Blank Did not participate
Excluded (EX)

Wildcard and replacement riders' results[edit]

Spain Sergio Fuertes Ret and DNS in Valencia
Spain Carmelo Morales Ret and 25th in Valencia
Spain Diego Lozano Ortiz 19th and 22nd in Valencia
Netherlands Arie Vos 20th and 23rd in Assen
Italy Lorenzo Mauri Ret and DNS in Monza
United States Scott Jensen 23rd and 18th in USA
Czech Republic Jiri Drazdak 20th and Ret in Brno
Czech Republic Milos Cihak Ret and 21st in Brno
United Kingdom Tristan Palmer Ret and Ret in Brands
United States Matt Lynn Ret and Ret in Donington, 22nd and 22nd in Vallelunga
Czech Republic Matej Smrž 21st and 21st in Vallelunga
Austria Martin Bauer 17th and Ret in Magny-Cours
Spain Ivan Silva 20th and 21st in Magny-Cours
Portugal Luis Carreira 21st and 28th in Portimao
United Kingdom Tommy Bridewell Ret and 25th in Portimao
Italy Luca Scassa Ret and 27th in Portimao

Manufacturers' standings[edit]

2008 Final Manufacturers Standings[7]
Pos Manufacturer QAT
Qatar
AUS
Australia
ESP
Spain
NED
Netherlands
ITA
Italy
USA
United States
GER
Germany
SMR
San Marino
CZE
Czech Republic
GBR
United Kingdom
EUR
European Union
ITA
Italy
FRA
France
POR
Portugal
Pts
R1 R2 R1 R2 R1 R2 R1 R2 R1 R2 R1 R2 R1 R2 R1 R2 R1 R2 R1 R2 R1 R2 R1 R2 R1 R2 R1 R2
1 Italy Ducati 1 2 1 1 1 2 1 1 3 5 3 3 2 4 3 1 1 1 2 6 1 5 2 2 3 1 1 1 578
2 Japan Yamaha 3 7 2 7 3 1 5 2 2 1 2 6 1 1 2 4 2 4 8 2 11 3 1 1 1 2 3 11 487
3 Japan Honda 6 11 6 2 5 3 2 3 6 3 1 1 5 5 5 8 5 6 1 1 4 1 5 5 7 7 2 3 415
4 Japan Suzuki 5 1 5 3 4 6 3 5 1 2 5 2 3 3 1 7 7 5 4 4 2 10 4 4 2 7 5 4 408
5 Japan Kawasaki 15 12 Ret 14 8 9 8 9 Ret 9 17 9 9 10 Ret 17 16 17 18 16 12 15 15 9 11 17 10 10 98

Entry list[edit]

2008 Entry List[8]
Team Constructor Motorcycle No Rider Rounds
Sterilgarda Go Eleven Ducati Ducati 1098 RS 08 3 Italy Max Biaggi All
111 Spain Rubén Xaus All
Hannspree Ten Kate Honda Honda Honda CBR1000RR 7 Spain Carlos Checa All
23 Japan Ryuichi Kiyonari 1–12, 14
32 Austria Martin Bauer 13
54 Turkey Kenan Sofuoğlu 1–13
65 United Kingdom Jonathan Rea 14
Ventaxia VK Honda Honda Honda CBR1000RR 9 United Kingdom Chris Walker 10–14
36 Spain Gregorio Lavilla All
Team Alstare Suzuki Suzuki Suzuki GSX-R1000 K9 10 Spain Fonsi Nieto All
34 Japan Yukio Kagayama 1, 3–14
76 Germany Max Neukirchner All
Yamaha Motor Italia WSB Yamaha Yamaha YZF-R1 11 Australia Troy Corser All
41 Japan Noriyuki Haga All
Team Pedercini Kawasaki Kawasaki ZX-10R 13 Italy Vittorio Iannuzzo 1–2, 4–14
86 Italy Ayrton Badovini All
Benimoto Suzuki Cetelem Suzuki Suzuki GSX-R1000 K8 14 Portugal Luis Carreira 14
ProRace Suzuki Suzuki GSX-R1000 K8 15 Czech Republic Milos Cihak 9
Team Suzuki Motorrad Suzuki Suzuki GSX-R1000 16 Spain Sergio Fuertes 3
Lloyds British Yamaha Yamaha YZF-R1 17 United Kingdom Tristan Palmer 10
Team NB Suzuki Suzuki GSX-R1000 K8 18 United Kingdom Tommy Bridewell 14
Ducati Xerox Team Ducati Ducati 1198R 21 Australia Troy Bayliss All
59 Italy Niccolò Canepa 9
84 Italy Michel Fabrizio All
Alto Evolution Honda Superbike Honda Honda CBR1000RR 22 Italy Luca Morelli 1–5
43 United States Jason Pridmore 6–10
50 United States Matt Lynn 11–12
88 Japan Shuhei Aoyama All
D.F. Racing Honda Honda CBR1000RR 22 Italy Luca Morelli 10–11
31 Australia Karl Muggeridge All
69 Spain Ivan Silva 13
83 Australia Russell Holland 1–7
99 Italy Luca Scassa 14
113 Czech Republic Jiri Drasdak 9
122 Czech Republic Matej Smrž 12
Fabricom - MCT Racing Ducati Ducati 1098 RS 08 28 Netherlands Arie Vos 4
HM Plant Honda Honda Honda CBR1000RR 35 United Kingdom Cal Crutchlow 11, 14
91 United Kingdom Leon Haslam 11, 14
Honda Joe Darcey Honda Honda CBR1000RR 37 Spain Diego Lozano Ortiz 3
YZF Yamaha Yamaha Yamaha YZF-R1 38 Japan Shinichi Nakatomi All
HaNNspree Honda Althea Honda Honda CBR1000RR 44 Italy Roberto Rolfo 1–4, 6–14
200 Italy Giovanni Bussei 5
Yamaha France GMT 94 IPONE Yamaha Yamaha YZF-R1 49 United States Michael Beck 5
94 Spain David Checa 1–4, 6–14
PSG-1 Corse Kawasaki Kawasaki ZX-10R 55 France Régis Laconi All
100 Japan Makoto Tamada All
R.G. Team Ducati Ducati 1098 RS 08 57 Italy Lorenzo Lanzi 1–13
Rizla Suzuki Suzuki Suzuki GSX-R1000 60 United Kingdom Tom Sykes 10–11
On The Throttle.TV Suzuki Suzuki GSX-R1000 K8 61 United States Scott Jensen 6
Grillini PBR Team Yamaha Yamaha YZF-R1 64 Italy Norino Brignola 8
73 Austria Christian Zaiser 9–14
77 France Loic Napoleone 1–7
Hydrex Bike Animal Honda Honda Honda CBR1000RR 80 United Kingdom James Ellison 11
Guandalini Racing by Grifo's Ducati Ducati 1098 RS 08 96 Czech Republic Jakub Smrž All
Spring Ducati ASD Ducati Ducati 999 RS 110 Italy Lorenzo Mauri 5
L'Oreal Men Expert Laglisse Yamaha Yamaha YZF-R1 131 Spain Carmelo Morales 3
Key
Regular Rider
Wildcard Rider
Replacement Rider

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