Racing needs Supersport 600s
Manufacturers moving away from 600cc sports machines is going to create a big problem in racing. Dorna has announced a new Supersport 300 series for 2017 as a WSB feeder class, open to the Kawasaki Ninja 300, Honda CBR500R, Yamaha R3 and KTM RC390. However if the current World Supersport championship is dropped due to a lack of bikes then it’s too big a step for riders to jump up from a 70bhp Worldssp 300 to a 200+mph Superbike. Racing needs an intermediate class to teach riders how to deal with chassis set-up and power, but if we don’t have 600s then I don’t know what we’ll replace them with. Yamaha intend to keep building the R6 so maybe a one-make series will be the only option – something like Moto2 for production bikes. I’d love to see a Moto2 class in BSB – our young riders have all grown up with production-based machinery and need to learn the more complex art of setting up a proper racing chassis if we’re to have any hope of producing a Motogp winner in the future.
Hard to imagine Ninja 300s and CBR500S giving racing like this