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Old 12-23-2014, 12:00 PM   #1
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WSB bosses consider Supersport 300 class

New race series based on bikes like Yamahas YZFR3

WSB bosses consider Supersport 300 class



WSB BOSSES are in talks with bike manufacturers over a new 300cc race series based on production machines such as Yamaha’s YZF-R3.

The class would allow ‘varied capacities’, making the inclusion of KTM’s RC390 also likely. The aim is to provide a ‘low cost platform to develop new talent,’ according to WSB organiser Dorna.

Kawasaki’s Ninja 300 is also likely to be a contender.

Honda’s CBR300R seems less competitive, using a 286cc single-cylinder engine where the R3 and Ninja are twins. The RC390 is a single but has an 87cc capacity advantage over the Honda.

A statement from Dorna said: ‘At a meeting on 16th December 2014, the Superbike Commission approved assembly of a working group comprising of any interested machine manufacturers to develop a class structure for an entry level category. The category would be based on the burgeoning Supersport 300 class machinery and would aim to include varied capacities and engine configurations, with the aim to provide a low cost platform to develop new talent.’

Choose your weapon – how the likely contenders stack up

Engine

Power

Torque

Weight

Price

Yamaha YZF-R3

321cc parallel twin

42hp

21.8lbft

169kg (wet)

£4,799 plus OTR

Kawasaki Ninja 300

296cc parallel twin

39hp

19.9bft

172kg (wet)

£51,59 plus OTR

KTM RC390

373cc single

43hp

25.8lbft

147kg (dry)

£4,999 plus OTR
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