Supersport World Championship

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Supersport World Championship
Current season, competition or edition:
2014 Supersport World Championship season
WorldSSlogo.png
The official World Supersport logo
Sport Motorcycle sport
Founded 1999
No. of teams 5 manufacturers
Country Worldwide
Most recent champion(s) United Kingdom Sam Lowes (Rider)
Japan Kawasaki (Manufacturer)
Gianluca Vizziello riding the RG Team Yamaha YZF-R6 at Phillip Island

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.

Overview[edit]

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.

In 2012, to be eligible for Supersport World Championship, a motorcycle must satisfy FIM's homologation requirements and have an engine in one of the following configurations:[1]

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.[1] 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[edit]

Season Rider champion[2] Team Motorcycle Manufacturer champion[3]
World Series
1997 Italy Paolo Casoli Ducati 748 Ducati
1998 Italy Fabrizio Pirovano Team Alstare Corona Suzuki GSX-R600 Suzuki
World Championship
1999 France Stéphane Chambon Suzuki Alstare F.S. Suzuki GSX-R600 Yamaha
2000 Germany Jörg Teuchert Alpha Technik Yamaha Yamaha YZF-R6 Yamaha
2001 Australia Andrew Pitt Fuchs Kawasaki Kawasaki ZX-6R Yamaha
2002 France Fabien Foret Ten Kate Honda Honda CBR600F Suzuki
2003 Australia Chris Vermeulen Ten Kate Honda Honda CBR600RR Honda
2004 Australia Karl Muggeridge Ten Kate Honda Honda CBR600RR Honda
2005 France Sébastien Charpentier Winston Ten Kate Honda Honda CBR600RR Honda
2006 France Sébastien Charpentier Winston Ten Kate Honda Honda CBR600RR Honda
2007 Turkey Kenan Sofuoğlu Hannspree Ten Kate Honda Honda CBR600RR Honda
2008 Australia Andrew Pitt Hannspree Ten Kate Honda Honda CBR600RR Honda
2009 United Kingdom Cal Crutchlow Yamaha World Supersport Yamaha YZF-R6 Honda
2010 Turkey Kenan Sofuoğlu Hannspree Ten Kate Honda Honda CBR600RR Honda
2011 United Kingdom Chaz Davies Yamaha ParkinGO Team Yamaha YZF-R6 Yamaha
2012 Turkey Kenan Sofuoğlu Kawasaki Lorenzini Kawasaki ZX-6R Honda
2013 United Kingdom Sam Lowes Yakhnich Motorsport Yamaha YZF-R6 Kawasaki
2014

Scoring system[edit]

Current Points System
Position 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15
Points 25 20 16 13 11 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1
  • 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.

Homologated motorcycles[edit]

As of 2012[4]

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

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