1988 Superbike World Championship

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1988 Superbike World Championship
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The 1988 Superbike World Championship was the inaugural FIM Superbike World Championship season. The season started on 3 April at Donington Park and finished on 3 October at Manfeild Autocourse after 9 rounds.

American Fred Merkel won the riders' championship and Honda won the manufacturers' championship.

Race calendar and results[edit]

The second Le Mans race was not held due to schedule issues.[1]

Round Country Circuit Date Pole position Fastest lap Winning rider Winning team Report
1 R1 United Kingdom Great Britain Donington Park 3 April United Kingdom Roger Burnett Italy Marco Lucchinelli Italy Davide Tardozzi Bimota SpA Report
R2 United States Bubba Shobert Italy Marco Lucchinelli Ducati Team Lucky
2 R1 Hungary Hungary Hungaroring 30 April Italy Davide Tardozzi United States Fred Merkel United States Fred Merkel RCM Report
R2 Italy Marco Lucchinelli France Adrien Morillas Team Kawasaki France
3 R1 West Germany West Germany Hockenheimring 8 May Portugal Alex Vieira France Christophe Bouheben Italy Davide Tardozzi Bimota SpA Report
R2 Italy Virginio Ferrari Italy Davide Tardozzi Bimota SpA
4 R1 Austria Austria Zeltweg 3 July Australia Malcolm Campbell Italy Davide Tardozzi Italy Marco Lucchinelli Ducati Team Lucky Report
R2 France Christophe Bouheben Italy Davide Tardozzi Bimota SpA
5 R1 Japan Japan Sugo 28 August Italy Marco Lucchinelli Canada Gary Goodfellow Canada Gary Goodfellow Don Knit Sugano Racing Team Report
R2 Japan Kenichiro Iwahashi Australia Mick Doohan Marlboro Yamaha Dealer Team
6 R1 France France Le Mans 4 September Italy Marco Lucchinelli Italy Fabrizio Pirovano Italy Fabrizio Pirovano Moto Club Carate Brianza Report
R2 Race cancelled
7 R1 Portugal Portugal Estoril 11 September Belgium Stéphane Mertens Italy Davide Tardozzi Italy Davide Tardozzi Bimota SpA Report
R2 France Raymond Roche Belgium Stéphane Mertens Bimota SpA
8 R1 Australia Australia Oran Park 25 September Australia Mick Doohan United States Fred Merkel Australia Mick Doohan Marlboro Yamaha Dealer Team Report
R2 Australia Mick Doohan Australia Mick Doohan Marlboro Yamaha Dealer Team
9 R1 New Zealand New Zealand Manfeild 2 October Italy Davide Tardozzi United States Fred Merkel United States Fred Merkel RCM Report
R2 Belgium Stéphane Mertens Belgium Stéphane Mertens Bimota SpA

Championship standings[edit]

In each race, points were awarded as follows:[1]

Position  1st   2nd   3rd   4th   5th   6th   7th   8th   9th   10th   11th   12th   13th   14th   15th 
Points 10 8.5 7.5 6.5 5.5 5 4.5 4 3.5 3 2.5 2 1.5 1 0.5

For the first ever Superbike World Championship round at Donington Park, and for the only time in the championship's history, the race results were combined to determine an overall winner;[2] double points were awarded on that occasion, as well as in the only race held in Le Mans.[1]

Riders' standings[edit]

Pos. Rider Bike GBR
United Kingdom
HUN
Hungary
FRG
West Germany
AUT
Austria
JPN
Japan
FRA
France
POR
Portugal
AUS
Australia
NZL
New Zealand
Pts
R1 R2 R1 R2 R1 R2 R1 R2 R1 R2 R1 R2 R1 R2 R1 R2 R1 R2
1 United States Fred Merkel Honda 4 2 1 5 17 Ret Ret 8 2 11 6 C 4 5 4 3 1 5 99
2 Italy Fabrizio Pirovano Yamaha 8 4 5 6 11 8 2 7 Ret 10 1 C 6 6 6 7 2 13 93.5
3 Italy Davide Tardozzi Bimota 1 Ret 2 3 1 1 5 1 Ret 4 12 C 1 2 11 10 5 DNS 91.5
4 Belgium Stéphane Mertens Bimota Ret Ret 3 2 13 2 4 16 3 C 2 1 7 6 6 1 90.5
5 Italy Marco Lucchinelli Ducati 2 1 9 Ret 6 11 1 Ret 12 Ret 10 C 3 4 63
6 Portugal Alex Vieira Honda 3 3 4 3 4 C 42
7 Australia Rob Phillis Kawasaki 8 Ret 6 6 3 4 4 3 42
8 Canada Gary Goodfellow Suzuki Ret DNS 1 3 39.5
Honda 8 5 3 6
9 Australia Malcolm Campbell Honda 3 6 17 15 5 8 11 2 33.5
10 United Kingdom Terry Rymer Honda 8 C 5 3 14 11 9 7 32.5
11 United Kingdom Roger Burnett Honda Ret 3 8 4 5 4 Ret DNS 7 C 31.5
12 Australia Mick Doohan Yamaha NC 1 1 1 30
13 Republic of Ireland Joey Dunlop Honda 3 5 6 Ret 7 5 30
14 France Eric Delcamp Kawasaki 11 13 9 6 2 C 29.5
15 France Christophe Bouheben Honda 2 Ret Ret 2 5 C 28
16 France Adrien Morillas Kawasaki 4 1 19 16 7 5 Ret C 26.5
17 Switzerland Edwin Weibel Honda 4 Ret 6 4 Ret 5 16 C Ret DNS 23.5
18 Finland Jari Suhonen Yamaha 7 10 14 10 Ret DNS 17 13 16 27 11 C Ret 13 21
19 United Kingdom Andy McGladdery Suzuki 9 7 15 Ret DNQ DNQ 18.5
Honda 19 C 15 12 12 13 14 10
20 Sweden Anders Andersson Suzuki 25 12 18 12 20 23 9 12 15 19 13 C 8 9 18.5
21 Australia Robert Scolyer Honda 9 9 8 4 17.5
22 Australia Michael Dowson Yamaha Ret Ret 2 2 17
23 United Kingdom Paul Iddon Bimota Ret DNS 12 8 12 13 32 Ret 9 8 17
24 Italy Virginio Ferrari Honda DNQ DNQ Ret 11 10 9 Ret Ret 10 8 Ret C 16
25 United Kingdom Kenny Irons Honda 6 8 14 7 15.5
26 West Germany Ernst Gschwender Suzuki 10 9 18 27 10 10 Ret C 12 Ret 14.5
27 United Kingdom Roger Marshall Suzuki 5 6 20 18 13
28 Italy Marino Fabbri Bimota 28 Ret Ret 9 9 C 16 11 13
29 Republic of Ireland Robert Dunlop Honda Ret DNS 26 17 29 21 21 23 18 C 10 7 13 14 15 12 12.5
30 Canada Tommy Douglas Yamaha 16 15 17 Ret 7 11 11
31 Japan Yukiya Oshima Suzuki 3 13 9
32 Denmark René Rasmussen Suzuki 7 7 21 Ret Ret DNS DNQ C 21 Ret 9
33 Japan Kenichiro Iwahashi Honda Ret 2 8.5
34 Japan Tadaaki Hanamura Honda 8 9 7.5
35 United Kingdom Steve Williams Bimota 11 9 19 16 31 Ret 7
36 West Germany Peter Rubatto Bimota Ret Ret 21 14 15 14 16 Ret 23 C 7 17 7
37 Switzerland Andreas Hofmann Honda 8 10 7
38 New Zealand Glenn Williams Ducati 10 8 7
39 Republic of Ireland Mark Farmer Suzuki 14 11 6
40 Italy Mauro Ricci Ducati 15 Ret 21 C 11 10 6
41 Japan Mitsuki Watanabe Yamaha 5 24 5.5
42 New Zealand Aaron Slight Bimota 7 14 5.5
43 Japan Koichi Kobayashi Honda 9 12 5.5
44 New Zealand Andrew Stroud Bimota 13 9 5
45 Australia Sean Gallagher Honda 10 12 5
46 United Kingdom Dave Leach Yamaha 15 13 24 18 DNQ DNQ 22 C 5
47 United Kingdom Brian Morrison Honda 26 7 4.5
48 United Kingdom John Lofthouse Suzuki 17 14 3
49 West Germany Karl Heinz Riegl Bimota DNQ DNQ DNQ DNQ 11 18 25 C 18 19 2.5
50 Belgium Paul Ramon Honda Ret 11 DNS C 2.5
51 Japan Toshiharu Kaneko Yamaha 11 25 2.5
52 Austria Dietmar Kemter Honda 12 15 2.5
53 New Zealand Mike King Ducati 12 15 2.5
54 West Germany Udo Mark Bimota 22 17 13 14 27 C 17 16 2.5
55 West Germany Anton Gruschka Honda 24 24 Ret C 13 14 2.5
56 United Kingdom Asa Moyce Kawasaki 19 16 DNQ DNQ DNQ DNQ 2
57 West Germany Bodo Schmidt Bimota Ret 12 Ret Ret 2
58 France Jean-Yves Mounier Yamaha 14 C 2
59 West Germany Michael Galinski Bimota Ret DNS 13 Ret Ret 15 2
60 France Jean-Louis Guignabodet Honda 20 15 25 Ret 18 17 17 C 14 15 2
61 Japan Hisatomo Nakamura Suzuki 13 17 1.5
62 Finland Esko Kuparinen Kawasaki 20 17 25 23 DNQ DNQ 1
63 West Germany Dieter Heinen Honda 14 16 DNS C 1
64 Japan Satoshi Endoh Honda 14 22 1
65 United Kingdom Mark Linscott Honda 15 C 1
66 New Zealand Dale Warren Honda NC 14 1
67 Australia Iain Pero Suzuki 15 Ret 0.5
68 Australia Len Willing Yamaha Ret 15 0.5
Pos. Rider Bike GBR
United Kingdom
HUN
Hungary
FRG
West Germany
AUT
Austria
JPN
Japan
FRA
France
POR
Portugal
AUS
Australia
NZL
New Zealand
Pts
Colour Result
Gold Winner
Silver 2nd place
Bronze 3rd place
Green Points finish
Blue Non-points finish
Non-classified finish (NC)
Purple Retired (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 (DNP)
Excluded (EX)

Bold – Pole position
Italics – Fastest lap
Source:[3]

Manufacturers' standings[edit]

Pos. Manufacturer GBR
United Kingdom
HUN
Hungary
FRG
West Germany
AUT
Austria
JPN
Japan
FRA
France
POR
Portugal
AUS
Australia
NZL
New Zealand
Pts
R1 R2 R1 R2 R1 R2 R1 R2 R1 R2 R1 R2 R1 R2 R1 R2 R1 R2
1 Japan Honda 3 2 1 4 2 3 3 2 2 2 4 C 4 3 4 3 1 2 142
2 Italy Bimota 1 9 2 2 1 1 5 1 4 4 3 C 1 1 7 6 5 1 132.5
3 Japan Yamaha 7 4 5 6 11 8 2 7 5 1 1 C 6 6 1 1 2 11 117.5
4 Japan Kawasaki 19 16 4 1 9 6 7 5 6 6 2 C 25 24 3 4 4 3 92
5 Italy Ducati 2 1 9 Ret 6 11 1 21 12 Ret 10 C 3 4 20 19 10 8 70
6 Japan Suzuki 5 6 7 7 18 20 9 10 1 3 13 C 8 9 15 16 16 16 57
Pos. Manufacturer GBR
United Kingdom
HUN
Hungary
FRG
West Germany
AUT
Austria
JPN
Japan
FRA
France
POR
Portugal
AUS
Australia
NZL
New Zealand
Pts

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Championnat du monde de Superbikes – Classements complets – 1988". racingmemo.free.fr (in French). Retrieved 5 January 2015.
  2. ^ "Donington Park: Ducati preview". motorsport.com. 29 March 2007. Retrieved 5 January 2015.
  3. ^ "1988 World Superbike Championship Standings". wsb-archives.co.uk. Archived from the original on 4 May 2012. Retrieved 5 January 2015.

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