World Superbike bosses have announced the introduction of a new Supersport 300 Championship for the 2017 season.
The new production-based class will become the new ‘beginner’ class for the World Superbike Championship for riders aged 15 and above.
In order to establish a level playing field, four models have currently been homologated for use in the series including the Honda CBR500R, KTM’s RC390, Kawasaki’s Ninja 300 and Yamaha’s YZF-R3, with the machines with larger engine capacity subject to harsher rev limits.
“This new platform will be the perfect environment for developing future talent,” said Vito Ippolito, President of FIM. “The intention of WorldSSP 300 is to create a benchmark for National Championships to follow.
We want to offer an environment that is regulated and relatively equal in which future talent can grow, and where manufacturers can accompany young riders as they take their first steps towards stardom.” “The focus is to have an affordable Series for these young competitors,” said Javier Alonso, WorldSBK Executive Director.
“There has been great interest for low-capacity motorcycles in this sport and the new WorldSSP 300 class strives to offer that. It will be promoted by Manufacturers as an easily accessible championship, the best possible platform to grow future stars where Manufacturers can accompany riders from an early age and as they progress through their career.”
The FIM have revealed provisional technical regulations for the series, but no further details, including a calendar, have yet been released. It is expected that the series will replace the European Junior Cup. - MCN