The World Superbike Championship is considering a new entry-level racing class based on the suddenly very competitive small-displacment sportbike segment. It’s still a long way from being announced, but WSBK’s Superbike Commission plans to assemble a group of representatives from any manufacturers interested in creating a Supersport 300 class.
The proposed class would allow various displacements and engine configurations and would offer a low-cost way to develop new, young racing talent. The new class won’t be a part of the WSBK’s international tour, as the travel costs would defeat the purpose of a low-cost racing class. Instead, the proposed 300 class would take place in domestic championships.
MotoAmerica‘s KTM RC Cup featuring the RC390 is an example of such a class, as is the Honda CBR250R class in the Canadian Superbike series. Both those series are single-make series however, and the Superbike Commission’s proposed class would allow for different motorcycles from multiple manufacturers.