WSS - What is WSS?The FIM Supersport World Championship (WorldSSP) was introduced as a support class to the main Superbike event in 1990, originally as a European Championship before extending its programme to follow the global pattern in 1997, and with the exception of the American round, participates in the full 2017 season calendar.
Featuring smaller, lighter and more agile mid-range production sportbikes compared to its blue-ribboned partner, WorldSSP predominantly hosts 600cc machines, like the Yamaha YZF-R6. With only restricted modifications allowed - to items such as cylinder head, gearbox, rear shock, front fork, electronic system and brake disks - and increasingly close racing, the class continues to highlight the ethos of the overall championship, allowing fans to watch exciting racing which utilises machines closely matched to their own pride and joy.
Yamaha has a strong pedigree in the mid-range class, with three World Championship victories in the last seven years at the hands of Cal Crutchlow (2009), Chaz Davies (2011) and Sam Lowes (2013). Having already proved its prowess, 2017 sees the YZF-R6 reintroduced with a radical new look and an equally determined ambition.
The WorldSSP schedule mirrors the Superbike structure throughout Friday and Saturday with two timed and one non-timed free practice leading into the two Superpole sessions. Positioned as the first race of the final day, Sunday’s late morning contest successfully showcases the talents of its 30 permanent riders and six participating manufactures across the 12 global locations, and is a perfect appetiser to the final WorldSBK battle.