World Supersport Championship organiser Dorna Sports has officially said that they will replace the class with nakedbikes. Most of the two-wheeler manufacturers sell the naked bikes in large numbers than sportbikes and they are more profitable.
The confirmation came from a story written by MotoGP journalist and author Mat Oxley. In his story, Xavier Alonso, who is the World Superbike Executive Director for WorldSBK said about this replacement.
"I can't say when but we will have a class with nakedbikes instead of World Supersport. It could be the future. It will start as a direct replacement for Supersport and then we'll see how it goes," Alonso told Oxley.
Alonso believes that in the international motorcycle market, riders are purchasing more nakedbikes than supersport machines. And these nakedbikes also provides more comfortable ergonomics and power of the sportbikes.
However, Alonso didn't reveal what capacity the new nakedbike class would be. We can hope that there will be class catered for higher capacity bikes like the BMW S1000R and KTM 1290 Super Duke R.
Nakedbike racing is not a new thing. We have seen legendary races of Eddie Lawson, Wes Coley and Freddie Spencer riding no fairing sportbikes which has high handlebars.
Many countries like Japan and Australia have enjoyed successful naked bike championships in the past. Australia had the Australian Nakedbike Championship while Japan had the legendary NK1 series.
Alonso added, "One thing we (Dorna) say to the manufacturers is, ‘let us know what you want to do because World Superbike can be whatever you want to sell.
"We (Dorna) are here to run racing but we are also here to help manufacturers sell their products, so if they want to do naked, Underbone (Honda Cub-style scooter racing that's enormous in Thailand/Malaysia and the series where Moto2 star Hafizh Syahrin started his racing career in), or even a big scooter class, we are ready to talk with them. Anything is possible."
He concluded, "If we don't work to help the development of racing, then in 20 years racing will be finished."