The World Supersport 300 category will have its debut during the upcoming weekend. This brand new category is the part of World Superbike Championship and their first race weekend of the season 2017 will be in Spain, in Motorland Aragon.
What to expect from this new category?
First of all, it is created as World Championship and the FIM counts with it like that but this year it will be only European Championship. Riders will be racing only at european circuits. The main reason was that the motorcycle federation didn’t want to put the teams and riders under pressure by paying for travelling. They need all to settle down. So for this year it will be just around Europe but the plan is to be World Championship in the future. And actually, the “World” is already in the name of the category.
The race weekend consists of Friday’s FP1 and FP2, Superpole 1 and Superpole 2 on Saturday and a race on Sunday. The race is always scheduled for 14:20 local time.
The minimum age of the riders is 15.
There are already four manufacturers homologated for this category. The bikes are Honda CBR500R, Kawasaki Ninja 300 (EX300ADF), Yamaha YZF-R3 and KTM RC390.
But if any other manufacturer would like to enter the category during the season it will be possible. WorldSBK Sporting director Gregorio Lavilla explained that to worldsbk.com: „If at any time the manufacturers present certain documents to the FIM, the FIM can homologate them.“
The tyre supplier is Pirelli and the riders will have three sets of tyres per weekend to choose from. One tyre compound will be same for all, the only difference is that the Honda CBR500R has higher weight so it will have slightly different tyre.
There are 35 riders in the entry list which is really big number. As I’ve already mentioned, the minimum age is 15 so for some riders it will be their racing debut. But there are also some familiar faces in the entry list.
When we look at the manufacturers, we can see there are 20 Yamaha bikes, 12 Kawasakis and 3 Hondas.
As I said there are the total number of 35 riders (boys and girls) in the entry list. The biggest amount of them – 13 – comes from Italy. Then there are 4 riders from Spain, 3 riders will be racing for the Netherlands, United Kingdom and South Africa. Other countries are represented by one rider. These countries are France, Germany, Belgium, Ukraine, Turkey, Finland, Brazil, Indonesia and New Zealand.
The names you may know from the past are Ana Carrasco, Scott Deroue (both former World Moto3 riders), Alfonso Coppola, Avalon Biddle, Harun Çabuk or Mika Pérez (all former European Junior Cup riders).
You can see the entry list below.
Source and photo: WorldSBK