WorldSSP300 - What is WorldSSP300?
2017 welcomes a new string to the FIM Superbike World Championship structure’s bow, in the form of the FIM Supersport 300 World Championship (WorldSSP300).
Designed as the new entry-level class for the four-tier series, WorldSSP300 aims to be a focus point for manufacturers to showcase their lightweight, low-capacity ‘A2 class’ production sport bikes.
Creating a benchmark for National Championships to implement and progress to, the entry class’ aim is provide an affordable and easily accessible series for young competitors, with a minimum age of entry set at 15, allowing teams and manufactures to nurture new talent and build rider potential on a global scale while making plans to feed the higher categories in the coming future.
Yamaha aims to take this philosophy further, by creating the ‘R3 bLU cRU Challenge’ inside the WorldSSP300 Championship. For 2017, six selected competitive YZF-R3 riders will benefit from Official Yamaha bLU cRU support package - dedicated to supporting young riders in the international racing environment - in the form of Racing kit parts, a Race Service support at the track, and full paddock clothing kit, alongside media and off-track guidance and Masterclass attendance. The R3 bLU cRU Challenge will maintain its own standings throughout the nine round season as the Yamaha riders battle for internal honours and the reward of a potential Official Yamaha seat in a higher class for the following season.
Mimicking the WorldSBK and WorldSSP format, the new class will host two, shortened, free practice and two Superpole sessions ahead of its Sunday afternoon race. 2017’s debut is expected to feature 35 riders within 24 teams, competing on three manufacturers, with 20 entrants choosing the YZF-R3 as their weapon of choice.