1998

Girl Power dom­i­nated the charts, but Fog­a­rty was giv­ing us what we re­ally, re­ally wanted – WSB wins

MCN - - This Week In MCN -

The Spice Girls were wow­ing the Bri­tish record-buy­ing public with an­noy­ing songs, skimpy dresses and soppy slo­gans, but Bri­tish bik­ers were spic­ing up their lives with the lat­est breed of bal­lis­tic sports­bikes. The Yamaha R1 landed in 1998 and sim­ply changed the way the world viewed mo­tor­cy­cles. It was stupidly fast, in­cred­i­bly light and, thanks to its revo­lu­tion­ary stacked gear­box which al­lowed for a short wheel­base, han­dled like a dream.

‘When you lose a ti­tle you think you can never win it back. This one means so much’ CARL FOG­A­RTY

Carl Fog­a­rty was fly­ing the flag for Bri­tain - and Du­cati - as he aimed for a third WSB ti­tle. He had an epic bat­tle with Troy Corser and Aaron Slight and ended up tak­ing the ti­tle by just 4.5 points. In BSB, Niall Macken­zie took his third ti­tle aboard the Cad­bury’s Boost Yamaha YZF750.

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