THIS year marks the 30th anniversary of the WSB championship, which kicked off with free practice at Donington Park on 2 April 1988.
So what better excuse to dive down the rabbit hole of statistics and facts and dig out some of the more important – and stranger – things that might have slipped your memory over the last three decades.
We’ll get a couple out of the way before we start. 1988’s champ was Fred Merkel, riding the legendary Honda RC30. But you all knew that, didn’t you? Let’s see whether these slightly more obscure facts from 1988 ring any bells…
10: First pole
You might recall the 1988 champion, but can you remember who sat on pole position when the lights went green on the first ever WSB race? It was none other than Roger Burnett, astride a Honda Britain-entered RC30. He retired in race one, but scored a podium (3rd) in race 2. Former GP rider Burnett remained a WSB regular for a couple more years.