Jonathan Rea became the first rider to win four consecutive World Superbike titles at Magny-Cours on Sunday and broke the record for the most podiums in World Superbikes.
Rea, 31, has stood on the rostrum on 131 occasions, one more than previous record holder, Australian Troy Corser.
The dominant Northern Irishman has now won eight races in a row and 14 of the 22 races staged, two short of the tally of victories he racked up last season. Kawasaki rider Rea’s fourth consecutive double success and his fifth of this year’s championship took his record number of career wins in the series to 68.
Englishman Carl Fogarty won four championships in the 1990s but not in successive years.
Ana Carrasco has made history after becoming the first female rider to win a motorbike world championship.
The 21-year-old clinched the World Supersport 300 title in nailbiting fashion, winning the championship by a single point in Sunday’s final round at Magny-Cours. She had started in 25th place but fought through the pack to finish 13th.
Carrasco dedicated her championship to fellow Spanish rider Luis Salom, who died in a crash during practice in June 2016.
She started riding motorcycles when she was three, and debuted in international competition as a 16-year-old on the Moto3 circuit in 2013, when she became the first woman to score points in a world championship race since Katja Poensgen in 2001. Last year, she became the first woman to win an individual world championship motorcycle race after a victory in Portugal.