For two years now, the FIM and promoter Dorna have been working on regulations for the future World Supersport Championship. Now there is the first announcement.
There’s nothing in the press release from Dorna and FIM that we haven’t known in months. “The Motul FIM Superbike World Championship Permanent Bureau has approved the addition of new models to the list of compatible motorcycles for the 2022 season and beyond,” the report reads. “The addition of these models comes with a technical rule change by the Superbike Committee, which will be announced soon.”
Regular visitors to SPEEDWEEK.com know: for the first time in the tournament’s history, which was founded in 1999, over 600 cc four-cylinder, over 675 cc three-cylinder and over 750 cc three-cylinder machines have been approved.
With Ducati and Triumph, two new manufacturers will be added, with the Ducati Panigale V2 955, Triumph Street Triple RS 765, MV Agusta F3 800 and Kawasaki 636 Ninja, exciting new models. This puts an end to the Yamaha R6’s standardization.
“Our role and the FIM have long discussed how we can bring new manufacturers into this category,” said FIA President Jorge Vegas. “We are now working on finalizing new technical regulations so that famous models from this displacement segment can participate in the World Supersports Championships. We believe this will make the chapter more exciting and attractive.”
Manufacturers already have evidence from the FIM to prepare for the new rules. The Ducati Panigale V2 955 is already at the start in Italy in the National Cup, and the three-cylinder Triumph with 765 cc participates in the British Supersport Championship.
The Supersports World Championship has been the Yamaha Cup for years, only Kawasaki and MV Agusta providing a change in the top six. But it’s been five years since Kenan Sofooglu won the Kawasaki title in 2016. That same year, Yamaha brought in the current R6, and Lucas Mahias, Sandro Cortez, Randy Krominacher and Andrea Locatelli have been world champions with her since 2017. In the current world championship, Demi Eggerter and Stephen Odendal are the Two Yamaha pilots are in the lead, over two-thirds of the field driving the R6.
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