WSS TO GO NAKED?
Dorna is planning to turn the World Supersport series into a naked bike battle. Sales of supersport 600s have collapsed in recent years, while nakeds continue to sell in huge numbers. So a new category for naked racing, which would hark back to the first superbike racing boom of the early 1980s, makes a lot of sense. During that era racing legends like Freddie Spencer and Eddie Lawson fought each other on highly tuned, high-handlebar road bikes like Honda’s CB900F and Kawasaki’s Z1000.
Transforming World Supersport into a class for naked bikes like Yamaha’s FZ6 and Honda’s CB650F would also make the racing dramatically different to Motogp’s Moto2 class, powered by CBR600 engines.
Dorna has already proved its determination to bring WSB in line with current market trends by introducing a new 300cc supersport class for 2017. The low-cost series will feature bikes like the Honda CBR500R, Kawasaki Ninja 300, Yamaha YZF-R3 and KTM RC390, which sell very well in the booming South East Asian market.
There’s no confirmation on when the changes to World Supersport would come into force.
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Spencer (19) and Schwantz (34) entertained on naked bikes
Lawson came to fame on a naked Kawasaki