Carl Fogarty is the most successful World Superbike rider of all time after Jonathan Rea, thanks to the four mesmerising world titles that he won in the 1990s on a Ducati 888 and 916. Carl, universally nicknamed ‘Foggy’, has always been known for his unmistakable riding style – which was aggressive but never dangerous. Most of all though, he became famous for his piercing eyes, which seemed to radiate far beyond his helmet visor. Those eyes formed the basis of his personal logo, which is still instantly recognised today.
Fogarty was born in Blackburn, around half an hour from Manchester in the north of England. That’s the place he would always come back to after every race and win, and he still lives there now his family. He grew up through road racing, taking his first big victories in the 1980s on a Honda. He was fourth in the 1987 Junior TT and then won the Formula 1 TT title over the next two years. In 1992 he wrote history with a fastest lap on the Isle of Man that would remain unbeatable for many years: at an astonishing average of 197kph.
Foggy made his World Superbike Championship debut in 1991 with a private team and managed to win the World Endurance title the following year, riding a Kawasaki. In 1993, he was more determined than ever to win the World Superbike Championship (for bikes derived from road-going models). In his first year with a factory team – Raymond Roche’s Ducati squad – Carl won 11 races but finished only second in the standings after coming off a few times: 29 points behind the eventual winner, Scott Russell.
But in 1994 it all came good and Foggy won the title after finishing first in 10 races and scoring an impressive total of 305 championship points. In 1995 he did it again, this time with 13 wins and a total of nearly 500 points, claiming the World Cup as well (for the fourth and final time) at the famous Phillip Island race in Australia.