Rac­ing needs Su­per­sport 600s

BIKE (UK) - - RACING -

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

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