Motorcycling: Fourth world title is Fogarty's ride and joy
Journalist and novelist Andrew Martin is the author of the 'Jim Stringer' series of novels based around railways. He has written for the Independent on Sunday, the Evening Standard, the Sunday Times and the New Statesman among others.
Monday 13 September 1999
Victory, albeit in controversial circumstances, in the first race at Hockenheim provided more than enough points to clinch the title: he needed only to finish the race after his title rival and team-mate, Troy Corser, suffered a mechanical failure five laps from the chequered flag.
Fogarty had finished in second place, but a red flag on the penultimate lap when he was ahead of Aaron Slight's Honda denied the New Zealander the win after he slipped past the Ducati on the final lap.
Understandably, Slight was enraged, but Fogarty could not have cared less and he pulled a succession of exultant wheelies on the wind-down lap. At one point, he dismounted and fell to his knees before a grandstand brimful of supporters waving the flag of St George. Some 50,000 British fans had travelled to Germany to cheer on "Foggy", who provided British sport with a cause for celebration.
In typically forthright manner, Fogarty's first words after victory were an apology to those supporters. "I'm just relived that I can eat food now, I can sleep at night now and relax at home and be a nice person for a while because I've been hard work these last few weeks for everybody, including the fans. I've not really been too kind to them; I've been ignoring them. But I'm sorry, it's just that I've been under pressure, so hopefully I'll have a bit more time for them now."
Fogarty appeared to allow Slight to pass him on the final lap and claim a first victory of a frustrating season, but race officials reversed the positions. "Today was about winning titles, not races," Fogarty said. Slight, in high dudgeon, boycotted the podium ceremony. "I know I won that," he fumed. "The red flag was out after we crossed the line. The guys fell off behind us at the first chicane."
It was Fogarty's 11th victory of the season and confirmed the 33-year- old's status as the first Briton since Barry Sheene in the late 1970s to achieve fame beyond the sport.
Fogarty's desire for victory is such that, in the second race, he gained the lead on the last lap before Pierfrancesco Chili used the slipstream effect on the penultimate corner to carrying his Suzuki to the chequered flag first. But the round, and the title, belonged to Fogarty.
Latest in Sport
England vs Lithuania: Wayne Rooney rules out repeat of boxing celebration after son Kai repeats it at school and focuses on goalscoring record
Marco Reus becomes Arsenal transfer target to replace Theo Walcott
Paul Scholes: It's amazing Manchester United midfielder Michael Carrick has so few caps for England
New kits for 2015/16: Have the Arsenal, Manchester United, Chelsea, Liverpool and Barcelona strips been leaked?
Floyd Mayweather vs Manny Pacquiao: Zab Judah denies flooring Mayweather during sparring as he prepares for 2 May
- 1 Germanwings crash: Police make 'significant discovery' at home of co-pilot Andreas Lubitz
- 3 Zayn Malik already working on solo material, just days after quitting One Direction
- 4 The West has it totally wrong on Lee Kuan Yew
- 5 #FreeTheNipple: Women in Iceland bare breasts in solidarity with trolled student
Nigel Farage brands LGBT activists 'filth' and 'scum' and accuses them of scaring away his children after they invade his local pub
Ukip supporters are 55 or older, white and socially conservative, finds British Social Attitudes Report
JK Rowling responds to fan tweeting she 'can't see' Dumbledore being gay
Russia threatens Denmark with nuclear weapons if it tries to join Nato defence shield
Jeremy Clarkson sacked live: Alan Yentob 'wouldn't rule out' ex Top Gear host's BBC return
Germanwings plane crash live: Andreas Guenter Lubitz intentionally crashed flight 9525 into the Alps in act of mass murder and suicide – latest
£32000 - £38000 per annum: Ashdown Group: A successful accountancy practice in...
£18000 - £23000 per annum + Uncapped commission: SThree: Does earning a 6 figu...
£18000 - £25000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: This is an exciting opportunity...
£35000 - £40000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: A challenging opportunity for a...