4. Colin Edwards – 2 Titles, 19 Race Wins


The first American in the top five, Colin Edwards won his first WSBK championship title in 2000 and his second in 2002. Both were aboard Honda’s answer to Ducati’s V-Twin domination of the series, the VTR1000 (RC51). Troy Bayliss split Edwards’ titles, claiming the crown in 2001. Bayliss and Edwards would go at it hammer and tongs every season, but no more so than the final race at Imola in 2002. Edwards wrapped up the championship by winning Race 1, but instead of playing it safe and coasting to a second-place finish in Race 2, he would repass Bayliss repeatedly, risking the entire championship had he fallen. If you’d like to see one of the best WSBK races ever, check out the full Race 2 here.

  • Backroad Bob

    Ducati “won” all those championships because they rode with “concessions”. That’s rules advantages to the rest of us. That tends to PO the factories that spend bazillions only to race with the rules stacked against them. They won’t commit the big bucks unless there’s a level playing field. Let’s hope the same thing doesn’t happen in MotoGP.