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 2018 season calendar.
Featuring smaller, lighter and more agile mid-range production sports bikes compared to the litre WorldSBK class, 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 an incredible pedigree in the mid-range class, with four World Championship victories in the last eight years at the hands of Cal Crutchlow (2009), Chaz Davies (2011), Sam Lowes (2013) and the reigning champion Lucas Mahias (2017). The 2018 season sees the addition of the GRT Yamaha Official WorldSSP Jnr Team with Alfonso Coppola taking part in the European Supersport Cup alongside the full GRT Yamaha Official WorldSSP Team, with Lucas Mahias returning to defend his title alongside 2017 teammate Federico Caricasulo.
The WorldSSP schedule has two timed practice sessions on Friday and one non-timed free practice session on Saturday that lead into the two Superpole sessions. Sunday's race 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 of the weekend.