FIM Announces WorldSSP 300 Championship For 2017 — The New Beginner Class For WorldSBK

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World Superbike Championship bosses are in talks with manufacturers for a new SuperSport 300 Championship. The series will be based on production machines such as Yamaha's YZF-R3, KTM's RC 390 and Kawasaki Ninja 300.

The main aim of introducing this series is to provide a low-cost platform to develop new talent. This will be a stepping stone for many talented national riders to get into the WSS and WSBK Championship. 

Honda's CBR300R seems less competitive because of using a 286cc single-cylinder engine which produces only 30.4bhp. KTM's RC 390 is also a single but it has an 87cc capacity advantage over the Honda.

Vito Ippolito, President of FIM said, "This new platform will be the perfect environment for developing future talent. 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."

Javier Alonso, WorldSBK Executive Director said, "The focus is to have an affordable Series for these young competitors. 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.

WSB organiser Dorna has stated, "At a meeting on 16th December 2014, the Superbike Commission approved assembly of a working group comprising of any interested machine manufacturers to develop a class structure for an entry level category.

"The category would be based on the burgeoning Supersport 300 class machinery and would aim to include varied capacities and engine configurations, with the aim to provide a low-cost platform to develop new talent."

The SSP 300 class will allow riders of age 15 and above to compete in it. The provisional calendar has yet to be revealed by Dorna.

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Story first published: Thursday, September 29, 2016, 10:42 [IST]
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