World Superbike bosses considering Supersport 300 series

Author: Bike Social Posted: 23 Dec 2014

Yamaha's R3 is likely to be a leading contender

Dorna’s Superbike Commission will look into the feasibility of establishing a new, ‘Supersport 300’ entry-level category with the aim of developing new racing talent.

A number of manufacturers have unveiled 300cc sports bikes in the last few years, particularly to meet demand in countries such as Indonesia and Malaysia.

Yamaha, Kawasaki and Honda all have 300cc bikes on offer within their sport ranges and with Dorna promising to consider a variety of engine capacities, it’s likely KTM’s RC390 would also be a contender.

The new series would be raced in a number of domestic championships with a clear route of progression to a ‘premier’ series held alongside the prestigious Superbike World Championship.

Dorna’s statement read: “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.”

The series would provide a cheaper alternative to the 250cc Moto3 class, which, even in domestic championships, can cost up to £100,000 for competitive machinery.

Here’s a comparative specs table of some of the bikes potentially eligible for a Supersport 300 series:


Yamaha YZF-R3

Honda CBR300R

Kawasaki Ninja 300

KTM RC390

Engine

Liquid-cooled, 4-stroke 4-valve, DOHC, inline twin

Liquid-cooled, 4-stroke 4-valve, DOHC single cylinder

Liquid-cooled, 4-stroke, 8-valve, DOHC, parallel twin

Liquid-cooled, 4-stroke, single cylinder

CC

320

286

296

373cc

Max Power

30.9 kW/41.4 bhp @ 10,750 rpm

22.7 kW/30.4 bhp @ 8,500 rpm

29 kW/38.9 bhp @ 11,000 rpm

32 kw / 43 bhp @9,500 rpm

Max Torque

29.6Nm/21.8 ft-lb @ 9,000rpm

27Nm/19.9 ft-lb @ 7,250 rpm

27Nm/19.9 ft-lb @ 10,000rpm

35Nm

Fuel capacity

14 litres

13 litres

17 litres

10 litres

Wheelbase

1,380mm

1,380mm

1,405mm

1,340mm

Seat height

780mm

785mm

785mm

820mm

Weight (wet)

169kg

164kg

174kg

153.5kg

Price

£4,799

£4,299

£5,159

£4,998

 

Which would you choose?

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