The Dickies British Supersport Championship leads the support class line up and in 2017 will feature an incredible line up of riders representing the world's leading manufacturers. 2016 Champion Tarran Mackenzie returns with a new team and machine and he will be joined on track with Andrew Irwin, Luke Jones and David Allingham.
The technical regulations for the Supersport class remain the same as 2018, having been revised in 2015.
British Championship promoters MSVR are pleased to confirm the establishment of a new racing category that will run alongside the Dickies British Supersport Championship.
The middleweight class for typically 600cc capacity machines has regularly provided some of the fiercest, closest racing ever seen and for nearly three decades has been exclusively restricted to production based models.
Following two years of evaluation, prototype machines of a similar specification to those seen at World and European Championship level in the Moto2 category will now be formally accepted into the British Championship.
The new category, designated British GP2 will allow for current Honda-powered Moto2 machinery that has been used in World or European Championship competition as well as new, independent constructor projects utilising any 600cc four cylinder or 675cc three cylinder engines to a technical specification very similar to Stock 600.
The British Supersport and British GP2 categories will race side by side and be separately classified – together with a background classification to see who is the best of the best.
Stuart Higgs, on behalf of series promoter MSVR commented: “This is a critical point for this racing category. We have been concerned for some time that certain manufacturers have ceased producing 600cc sports bikes, which directly affects the sustainability of the Supersport class.
“The integration of independently constructed bikes with a racing chassis and a standard engine has proven to be equitable with the Supersport technical level of a standard chassis and a tuned engine.
“At World Championship level they are on the cusp of a migration to a new generation of Moto2 machines and engines which will allow the flow of previously unavailable equipment into the marketplace. This coupled with a resurgence in interest from independent engineering companies keen to develop bespoke racing hardware makes this the ideal time to refresh this highly important category of racing.
“Personally I’m extremely excited to see a new level of prototype machines in the British Championship, I think that the public will appreciate the spectacle and for riders and teams to be exposed to chassis development will be an incredible benefit for their advancement.”
Class fast facts:
Track Time: 2 x 30 minutes free practices + 1 x 30 minutes min qualifying practice, 1 qualifying day sprint race (75% feature race distance setting grid for feature race) + 10 mins raceday warm up + 25 mins feature race. Championship points awarded for both races.
British Eurosport increased their live coverage in 2014 to include the sprint race broadcast live and in HD in addition to the Feature race which continues for 2018.
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