Supersport World Championship
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|Current season, competition or edition:
2014 Supersport World Championship season
The official World Supersport logo
|No. of teams||5 manufacturers|
|Most recent champion(s)|| Sam Lowes (Rider)
The Supersport World Championship is a motorcycle racing competition, based on mid-sized sports motorcycles, racing on paved surfaces. Competition machines are based on 600-750cc (depending on the number of cylinders) production-based motorcycles. The Championship runs as a support class to the World Superbike Championship, which is similarly based on large production-based sports motorcycles. The Championship is organized and promoted by FGSport and is sanctioned by the FIM.
Supersport was introduced as a support class to the Superbike World Championship in 1990 as a European Championship. The series allowed four-cylinder machines up to 600 cubic centimetres (37 cu in) and twin-cylinder bikes up to 750 cubic centimetres (46 cu in). In 1997 the championship became a "World Series" and the European title was given to the European Motorcycle Union's European Road Racing Championship. The full title Supersport World Championship was introduced in 1999. Supersport racing has also been one of the most popular classes of national racing for many years.
|Engine capacity||Engine type||No. of cylinders|
|Between 400 and 600 cubic centimetres (24 and 37 cu in)||four-stroke||4 cylinders|
|Between 500 and 675 cubic centimetres (30.5 and 41.2 cu in)||four-stroke||3 cylinders|
|Between 600 and 750 cubic centimetres (37 and 46 cu in)||four-stroke||2 cylinders|
Supersport regulations are much tighter than in Superbikes. The chassis of a supersport machine must remain largely as standard, while engine tuning is possible but tightly regulated. For instance, the displacement capacity, bore and stroke must remain at the homologated size. Modifying the bore and stroke to reach class limits is not allowed. As in World Superbike, a control tyre is used, although World Supersport regulations dictate that the tyres must be road legal and therefore slicks are not allowed.
A Supersport World Championship race takes place at almost every Superbike World Championship round. Starting positions are decided by the riders' fastest laps from two 45-minute qualifying sessions. Each race is approximately 100 kilometres (62 mi) long. Typically, the race takes place between the two Superbike races.
Several riders who were successful in World Supersport have moved on to high-level competitions, notably, Cal Crutchlow, Chaz Davies, and Chris Vermeulen, though others such as Fabien Foret and Kenan Sofuoğlu have spent several years in this championship.
Competition in the championship is typically fierce, and season domination by a single competitor is unusual. The 2001 championship was particularly notable in this respect, the champion being Andrew Pitt who did not win a single race, but amassed a championship-winning total of points by finishing near the front of the field in almost every race.
Supersport World Champions
- The points system is the same for the Riders' Championship and the Manufacturers' Championship, but only the highest-finishing motorcycle by a particular manufacturer is awarded the points for the latter championship.
As of 2012
|Model||Production period as from - until|
|Honda CBR600RR (PC40)||January 2009 – present|
|Kawasaki ZX 600 R F (ZX-6R)||January 2009 - end|
|Suzuki GSX 600 R (K8)||January 2008 - end|
|Suzuki GSX-R600 L1||January 2011 – present|
|Triumph Daytona 675||January 2009 - end|
|Triumph Daytona 675R||January 2011 – present|
|Yamaha YZF-R6||January 2008 - end|
|MV Agusta F3|
|Yamaha YZF-R6||January 2012 – present|
- "Road Racing FIM Superbike & Supersport World Championships & FIM Superstock Cup regulations 2012". fim-live.com. Fédération Internationale de Motocyclisme. Retrieved 8 November 2012.
- "Supersport Champions - Riders". sbk.perugiatiming.com. World Superbike Championship.
- "Supersport Champions - Manufacturers". sbk.perugiatiming.com. World Superbike Championship.
- "Listing of FIM homologated motorcycles for 2012". fim-live.com. Fédération Internationale de Motocyclisme. 1 March 2012. Retrieved 8 November 2012.
- Official website
- 2011 Regulations
- FIM 2012 Superbike & Supersport Regulations
- FIM homologated motorcycles for 2007