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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.

Read the full story in the lat­est MCN Sport mag­a­zine, in­clud­ing re­ac­tions from top WSB rid­ers Jonathan Rea and Chaz Davies. Buy now on­line with free P&P at mo­tor­cy­cling

Spencer (19) and Sch­wantz (34) en­ter­tained on naked bikes

Law­son came to fame on a naked Kawasaki

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