Until Ulsterman Jonathan Rea became the new king of World Superbikes, an outspoken young man from Blackburn wore that crown.
Carl Fogarty is the son of George Fogarty, the man who almost certainly lost Barry Sheene victory at the end of his unforgettable duel with ‘King’ Kenny Roberts in the 1979 British GP at Silverstone. Fogarty Sr was a backmarker in that race and badly baulked Sheene on the final lap. At the finish line Sheene was just three-hundredths of a second behind his American nemesis.
During the 1990s Fogarty Jr more than made up for that disgrace. He won four World Superbike championships, always riding blood-red Ducati V-twins. His success inspired a wave of patriotic support, which transformed the annual Brands Hatch WSB round into one of Britain’s biggest sporting events, with 120,000 fans thronging the Kent circuit.