1997 Superbike World Championship

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1997 Superbike World Championship
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Supersport World Series

The 1997 Superbike World Championship was the tenth FIM Superbike World Championship season. The season started on 23 March at Phillip Island and finished on 12 October at Sentul after 12 rounds.

John Kocinski won the riders' championship with 9 victories and Honda won the manufacturers' championship.

Race calendar and results[edit]

Round Circuit Date Pole position Fastest lap Winning rider Winning team Report
1 R1 Australia Phillip Island 23 March New Zealand Aaron Slight United States John Kocinski United States John Kocinski Castrol Honda Report
R2 United States Colin Edwards New Zealand Aaron Slight Castrol Honda
2 R1 San Marino Misano 20 April Japan Akira Yanagawa Italy Pierfrancesco Chili Italy Pierfrancesco Chili Gattolone Racing Report
R2 United States John Kocinski United States John Kocinski Castrol Honda
3 R1 United Kingdom Donington 4 May United Kingdom Neil Hodgson Italy Pierfrancesco Chili New Zealand Aaron Slight Castrol Honda Report
R2 United Kingdom Carl Fogarty United Kingdom Carl Fogarty Ducati Corse ADVF
4 R1 Germany Hockenheim 8 June New Zealand Simon Crafar United States John Kocinski New Zealand Aaron Slight Castrol Honda Report
R2 United Kingdom Carl Fogarty United Kingdom Carl Fogarty Ducati Corse ADVF
5 R1 Italy Monza 22 June United States Scott Russell New Zealand Aaron Slight United States John Kocinski Castrol Honda Report
R2 Italy Pierfrancesco Chili Italy Pierfrancesco Chili Gattolone Racing
6 R1 United States Laguna Seca 13 July Italy Pierfrancesco Chili United Kingdom Carl Fogarty United States John Kocinski Castrol Honda Report
R2 United States John Kocinski United States John Kocinski Castrol Honda
7 R1 European Union Brands Hatch 3 August Italy Pierfrancesco Chili United Kingdom Niall Mackenzie Italy Pierfrancesco Chili Gattolone Racing Report
R2 United Kingdom Carl Fogarty United Kingdom Carl Fogarty Ducati Corse ADVF
8 R1 Austria A1-Ring 17 August Italy Pierfrancesco Chili Japan Akira Yanagawa United Kingdom Carl Fogarty Ducati Corse ADVF Report
R2 Japan Akira Yanagawa Japan Akira Yanagawa Kawasaki Racing
9 R1 Netherlands Assen 31 August United States John Kocinski Italy Pierfrancesco Chili United States John Kocinski Castrol Honda Report
R2 Italy Pierfrancesco Chili United Kingdom Carl Fogarty Ducati Corse ADVF
10 R1 Spain Albacete 21 September United States John Kocinski United States John Kocinski United States John Kocinski Castrol Honda Report
R2 New Zealand Simon Crafar United States John Kocinski Castrol Honda
11 R1 Japan Sugo 5 October Japan Akira Yanagawa Japan Akira Yanagawa Japan Akira Yanagawa Kawasaki Racing Report
R2 Japan Noriyuki Haga Japan Noriyuki Haga Yamaha World Superbike
12 R1 Indonesia Sentul 12 October United States John Kocinski United States John Kocinski United States John Kocinski Castrol Honda Report
R2 United States John Kocinski United Kingdom Carl Fogarty Ducati Corse ADVF

Championship standings[edit]

Riders' standings[edit]

Riders entered into the European Superbike Championship—who scored points towards a separate championship—and competitors riding bikes complying to different technical regulations were not eligible to score World Championship points.[1]

1997 final riders' standings[2]
Pos Rider Bike AUS
Australia
SMR
San Marino
GBR
United Kingdom
GER
Germany
ITA
Italy
USA
United States
EUR
European Union
AUT
Austria
NED
Netherlands
ESP
Spain
JPN
Japan
INA
Indonesia
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
1 United States John Kocinski Honda 1 7 2 1 10 5 2 14 1 2 1 1 3 2 5 3 1 3 1 1 9 3 1 Ret 416
2 United Kingdom Carl Fogarty Ducati 2 4 3 3 2 1 4 1 3 4 2 2 Ret 1 1 Ret 2 1 Ret Ret 13 Ret 3 1 358
3 New Zealand Aaron Slight Honda Ret 1 4 2 1 3 1 Ret 2 5 7 10 6 8 3 2 4 4 2 3 6 4 2 4 343
4 Japan Akira Yanagawa Kawasaki 4 Ret Ret 5 DNS DNS 8 2 8 Ret 10 5 5 4 2 1 8 7 4 4 1 Ret 4 2 247
5 New Zealand Simon Crafar Kawasaki 3 3 5 7 3 4 Ret 6 4 7 4 Ret Ret 7 6 Ret 9 6 3 2 3 2 Ret Ret 234
6 United States Scott Russell Yamaha 7 6 Ret 6 6 7 3 4 5 8 6 4 2 5 7 4 6 8 Ret 5 14 Ret 6 5 226
7 Italy Pierfrancesco Chili Ducati Ret DNS 1 Ret Ret 2 5 7 7 1 Ret 6 1 Ret 4 Ret 3 2 5 7 12 Ret Ret Ret 209
8 United Kingdom Jamie Whitham Suzuki Ret 11 Ret Ret 8 10 14 3 6 3 8 Ret 7 9 10 6 7 11 Ret 10 DNS DNS 9 6 140
9 United Kingdom Neil Hodgson Ducati Ret Ret 7 4 4 9 6 8 Ret 9 4 6 8 Ret 5 5 Ret 8 18 Ret Ret 7 137
10 Italy Piergiorgio Bontempi Kawasaki Ret 10 8 Ret 11 Ret 11 11 9 6 9 7 8 12 9 5 Ret 10 6 6 Ret Ret DNS DNS 118
11 United States Mike Hale Suzuki Ret Ret Ret 12 15 Ret 9 Ret 10 9 14 Ret 9 11 11 7 11 Ret 8 9 21 10 8 Ret 87
12 United States Colin Edwards Yamaha Ret 2 6 8 5 6 7 5 DNS DNS WD WD 79
13 Japan Noriyuki Haga Yamaha 2 1 5 3 72
14 Spain Pere Riba Honda 10 17 9 9 18 15 NC 22 18 11 13 13 16 12 12 15 11 13 23 15 11 11 69
15 Slovenia Igor Jerman Kawasaki 12 Ret 13 Ret 20 17 16 16 15 16 15 13 Ret 15 17 13 16 14 13 20 28 14 10 9 50
16 United Kingdom Chris Walker Yamaha 10 10 12 10 10 9 10 11 47
17 Germany Jochen Schmid Kawasaki 13 9 13 10 14 11 13 12 9 12 46
18 Austria Andreas Meklau Ducati 8 15 17 14 10 10 11 Ret DNS DNS 15 8 40
19 Canada Miguel Duhamel Honda 3 3 32
20 Australia Troy Bayliss Suzuki 5 5 22
21 United Kingdom Michael Rutter Honda 11 3 21
22 United Kingdom John Reynolds Ducati 9 11 19 Ret 7 Ret 21
23 United Kingdom Sean Emmett Ducati 14 12 Ret Ret 20 9 Ret 8 21
24 Japan Katsuaki Fujiwara Suzuki 8 5 20
25 United Kingdom James Haydon Ducati Ret 14 Ret 11 16 DSQ DNS Ret 12 13 Ret Ret Ret Ret Ret Ret Ret Ret Ret 15 19
26 Spain Gregorio Lavilla Ducati 13 13 DNS 13 Ret Ret 7 Ret 18
27 Japan Tamaki Serizawa Suzuki 10 6 17
28 Australia Martin Craggill Kawasaki 6 9 17
29 United Kingdom Niall Mackenzie Yamaha 7 8 DSQ Ret 17
30 France Christian Lavielle Honda 10 10 19 16 17 Ret Ret 12 16
31 Japan Makoto Suzuki Ducati 25 11 12 10 15
32 Japan Keiichi Kitagawa Suzuki 4 Ret 13
33 United States Tom Kipp Yamaha 12 8 12
34 Sweden Christer Lindholm Yamaha 12 Ret 12 12 12
35 United States Doug Chandler Kawasaki 5 Ret 11
36 Japan Yuichi Takeda Honda 16 7 11
37 Japan Shinya Takeishi Kawasaki 7 Ret 10
38 Japan Akira Ryō Kawasaki 17 8 9
39 Canada Steve Crevier Honda 11 12 9
40 Australia Damon Buckmaster Kawasaki Ret 8 8
41 Finland Erkka Korpiaho Kawasaki 15 17 18 16 7
42 Indonesia Simon Yudha Kusuma Kawasaki 13 13 6
43 United States Aaron Yates Suzuki Ret 11 5
44 Australia Benn Archibald Kawasaki 13 Ret 5
45 United Kingdom Phil Giles Kawasaki 15 14 5
46 Japan Norihiko Fujiwara Yamaha 15 Ret 3
47 Austria Christian Häusle Ducati Ret 16 3
48 Canada Pascal Picotte Suzuki 13 Ret 3
49 France Jean-Marc Delétang Yamaha 16 14 3
50 Austria Johann Wolfsteiner Kawasaki NC 19 2
51 France Jean-Philippe Ruggia Yamaha 14 Ret 2
52 Austria Ossi Niederkircher Suzuki 22 22 1
53 Australia David Emmerson Suzuki Ret 18 1
Riders not eligible to score points, with at least a top-15 finish
Japan Wataru Yoshikawa Yamaha 5 Ret 0
Australia Shawn Giles Honda 9 10 0
Germany Udo Mark Suzuki 15 15 17 12 13 9 14 13 12 14 0
Italy Giorgio Cantalupo Ducati 11 13 Ret 19 21 20 20 15 17 22 19 17 23 Ret 14 17 0
Australia Jason Love Ducati 11 16 0
Japan Shinichi Ito Honda 11 Ret 0
Australia Craig Connell Ducati Ret 11 0
United Kingdom Ray Stringer Kawasaki 12 16 0
Italy Redamo Assirelli Yamaha 12 17 21 21 Ret Ret 0
Japan Ichiro Asai Ducati 24 12 0
Japan Manabu Kamada Honda 22 13 0
Czech Republic Jiří Mrkývka Honda 14 15 22 21 DNQ DNQ DNQ DNQ 19 21 25 18 Ret 20 15 18 0
Italy Bruno Scatola Kawasaki 15 14 Ret DNS 0
Germany Anton Gruschka Yamaha Ret Ret 21 18 18 17 19 18 Ret 19 18 14 20 Ret 16 19 0
United States Mike Krynock Suzuki 16 14 0
United Kingdom Brett Sampson Kawasaki Ret Ret 14 Ret 0
Australia Greg Moss Honda 14 Ret 0
Austria Gerhard Esterer Kawasaki 16 DNS 20 19 24 19 20 15 0
Australia Craig Stafford Yamaha 15 19 0
Pos. Rider Bike AUS
Australia
SMR
San Marino
GBR
United Kingdom
GER
Germany
ITA
Italy
USA
United States
EUR
European Union
AUT
Austria
NED
Netherlands
ESP
Spain
JPN
Japan
INA
Indonesia
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

Manufacturers' standings[edit]

1997 final manufacturers' standings[2]
Pos. Manufacturer AUS
Australia
SMR
San Marino
GBR
United Kingdom
GER
Germany
ITA
Italy
USA
United States
EUR
European Union
AUT
Austria
NED
Netherlands
ESP
Spain
JPN
Japan
INA
Indonesia
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
1 Japan Honda 1 1 2 1 1 3 1 14 1 2 1 1 3 2 3 2 1 3 1 1 6 3 1 4 486
2 Italy Ducati 2 4 1 3 2 1 4 1 3 1 2 2 1 1 1 8 2 1 5 7 11 9 3 1 440
3 Japan Kawasaki 3 3 5 5 3 4 8 2 4 6 4 5 5 4 2 1 8 6 3 2 1 2 4 2 359
4 Japan Yamaha 7 2 6 6 5 6 3 4 5 8 6 4 2 5 7 4 6 8 10 5 2 1 5 3 301
5 Japan Suzuki 5 5 Ret 12 8 10 9 3 6 3 8 11 7 9 10 6 7 11 8 9 4 5 8 6 205
Pos. Manufacturer AUS
Australia
SMR
San Marino
GBR
United Kingdom
GER
Germany
ITA
Italy
USA
United States
EUR
European Union
AUT
Austria
NED
Netherlands
ESP
Spain
JPN
Japan
INA
Indonesia
Pts

References[edit]

  1. ^ "1997 Qualifying & Race Results". wsb-archives.co.uk. Retrieved 3 December 2015. 
  2. ^ a b "1997 Championship Standings". wsb-archives.co.uk. Retrieved 3 December 2015.