7: Troy Corser, AUS: 33 race wins, champion 1996, 2005
Always fast and for such a long time the pole/superpole king, Troy Corser had come up via being Aussie superbike champ (RC30) in 1993 then became AMA champ (Ducati) in 1994 before having occasional races in WSB in 1995. In his first full year, he took his first title (1996) during which his non-factory team had to compete against the works team of John Kocinski and Neil Hodgson. Rumours were that they weren’t quite getting the support Corser’s speed and results deserved… but he won the title anyway in a tense four-way mathematical battle at the final round at Phillip Island. It could have been Kocinski, Slight, Foggy or Corser – but Troy had the upper hand and third in race one sealed it. He would be a stalwart of the series for years, taking Aprilia’s first WSB win with the RSV Mille, a second title with Suzuki in 2005, riding the Foggy Petronas triple and riding with new factory BMW until he retired in 2011.