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The Supersport World Championship, short WorldSSP, is a motorcycle racing competition on paved surfaces, based on mid-sized sports motorcycles. 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 Superbike World Championship, which is similarly based on large production-based sports motorcycles. The championship, organized and promoted as its parent series by FGSport—renamed Infront Motor Sports in 2008—until 2012 and by Dorna from the 2013 season onwards, is sanctioned by the FIM.
Motorcycle racing is the motorcycle sport of racing motorcycles. Major genres include motorcycle road racing and off-road racing, both either on circuits or open courses, and track racing. Other categories include hill climbs, drag racing and land speed record trials.
Superbike World Championship is a motorsport road racing series for modified production motorcycles also known as superbike racing. The championship was founded in 1988. The Superbike World Championship consists of a series of rounds held on permanent racing facilities. Each round has two races and the results of each race are combined to determine two annual World Championships, one for riders and one for manufacturers.
Dorna Sports, S.L. is the commercial rights holder for the motorcycling sport of MotoGP.
Supersport was introduced as a support class to the Superbike World Championship in 1990 as a European Championship. The series allows four-cylinder engines up to 600 cubic centimetres (37 cu in), three-cylinder engines up to 675 cubic centimetres (41.2 cu in), and twin-cylinder power plants 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.
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.
Cal Crutchlow is a British professional motorcycle road racer, who currently competes in the MotoGP World Championship for CWM LCR Honda. In early 2017, the RAC awarded Crutchlow the Torrens Trophy, an accolade made in recognition of "outstanding contribution to motorcycling in the United Kingdom". When making the award, the RAC spokesperson cited "the first Brit to win a premier class race since Barry Sheene in 1981".
Chaz Davies, is a British motorcycle racer. He is the 2011 World Supersport champion and also the 2011 BBC Wales Sports Personality of the Year.
Chris Vermeulen is an Australian motorcycle racer who last competed in the World Superbike Championship for the works Kawasaki team.
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.
Andrew Pitt is a retired motorcycle racer. He is a double World Supersport Champion, and has also won a World Superbike race and competed in MotoGP. He lives in Peel on the Isle of Man.
In 2012, to be eligible for Supersport World Championship, a motorcycle must satisfy FIM's homologation requirements and have a four-stroke engine in one of the following configurations:
The Fédération Internationale de Motocyclisme is the global governing/sanctioning body of motorcycle racing. It represents 113 national motorcycle federations that are divided into six regional continental unions.
Homologation is the granting of approval by an official authority. This may be a court of law, a government department, or an academic or professional body, any of which would normally work from a set of strict rules or standards to determine whether such approval should be given. The word may be considered very roughly synonymous with accreditation, and in fact in French and Spanish may be used with regard to academic degrees. Certification is another possible synonym, while to homologate is the infinitive verb form.
As of 2015, the homologated motorcycles are Honda CBR600RR, Kawasaki ZX-6R, MV Agusta F3 675, Suzuki GSX-R600, Triumph Daytona 675 and Yamaha YZF-R6;formerly homologated motorcycles include Bimota YB9, Ducati 748, Ducati 749, Honda CBR600F, Triumph Daytona 600 and Yamaha YZF600R.
The Honda CBR600RR is a 599 cc (36.6 cu in) sport bike, part of the CBR series that was introduced by Honda in 2003 as a race replica version of Honda's CBR600F series. It won every Supersport World Championship title from 2002 to 2008, and again in 2010 and 2014. The engine for the Moto2 World Championship in MotoGP was also based on the CBR600RR since the class débuted in 2010, and was used until the end of the 2018 season before they are replaced by 765cc triple engines supplied by Triumph Motorcycles for the 2019 season.
The Kawasaki Ninja ZX-6R is a 600 cc class motorcycle in the Ninja sport bike series from the Japanese manufacturer Kawasaki. It was introduced in 1995, and has been constantly updated throughout the years in response to new products from Honda, Suzuki, and Yamaha. The ZX series is what was known as the Ninja line of Kawasaki motorcycles in the 1980s and still carries the name today.
The Suzuki GSX-R600 is a 600 cc class, or supersport, sport bike in Suzuki's GSX-R series of motorcycles.
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.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.
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.
|Season||Rider champion||Team||Motorcycle||Manufacturer champion|
|1998||Team Alstare Corona||Suzuki GSX-R600||Suzuki|
|1999||Suzuki Alstare F.S.||Suzuki GSX-R600||Yamaha|
|2000||Alpha Technik Yamaha||Yamaha YZF-R6||Yamaha|
|2001||Fuchs Kawasaki||Kawasaki ZX-6R||Yamaha|
|2002||Ten Kate Honda||Honda CBR600F||Suzuki|
|2003||Ten Kate Honda||Honda CBR600RR||Honda|
|2004||Ten Kate Honda||Honda CBR600RR||Honda|
|2005||Winston Ten Kate Honda||Honda CBR600RR||Honda|
|2006||Winston Ten Kate Honda||Honda CBR600RR||Honda|
|2007||Hannspree Ten Kate Honda||Honda CBR600RR||Honda|
|2008||Hannspree Ten Kate Honda||Honda CBR600RR||Honda|
|2009||Yamaha World Supersport||Yamaha YZF-R6||Honda|
|2010||Hannspree Ten Kate Honda||Honda CBR600RR||Honda|
|2011||Yamaha ParkinGO Team||Yamaha YZF-R6||Yamaha|
|2012||Kawasaki Lorenzini||Kawasaki ZX-6R||Honda|
|2013||Yakhnich Motorsport||Yamaha YZF-R6||Kawasaki|
|2014||PATA Honda World Supersport||Honda CBR600RR||Honda|
|2015||Kawasaki Puccetti Racing||Kawasaki ZX-6R||Kawasaki|
|2016||Kawasaki Puccetti Racing||Kawasaki ZX-6R||Kawasaki|
|2017||GRT Yamaha Official WorldSSP Team||Yamaha YZF-R6||Yamaha|
|2018||Kallio Racing||Yamaha YZF-R6||Yamaha|
|5||2007, 2010, 2012, 2015, 2016|
|10||2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2012, 2014|
|6||1999, 2000, 2001, 2011, 2017, 2018|
|3||2013, 2015, 2016|
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