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WSS: No Yamahas to race in 2010

With Yamaha absent from the latest entry list, the World Supersport Championship looks set to be reduced to three manufacturers for 2010
The new World Supersport Championship season could open up with not a single example of the 2009 title-winning bike and with less than twenty participants, according to the current entry list.

Yamaha has had a prominent presence in the Supersport category for several years, the R6 proving a popular draw for privateer teams despite it not winning a single title until Cal Crutchlow lifted the trophy last year.

However, the decision by Yamaha to pull its official Supersport squad has filtered down to the remainder of the field, with not a single R6 currently included on the updated provisional entry list less than two weeks before the start of the season.

By comparison, the 2009 World Supersport season opened with six full-time Yamaha competitors, while a number of wild-card riders maintained a high entry-level for much of the season.

As such, the 2010 series will be reduced to three full-time manufacturers, with Honda once again best represented on the grid with eleven entries. Triumph will prepare four Daytona 675s, while Kawasaki has three riders competing on the ZX-6R.

Despite Yamaha's absence, the series is buoyed by having four of last year's top five classified riders returning to fight for the 2010 title.


Tagged as: Honda , Yamaha , supersport , Kawasaki , Triumph

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DC - Unregistered

February 15, 2010 12:27 PM

Only 20 entries? Is this a symptom of teams defecting to Moto2, and is this a preview of what will happen to WSBK when motoGP opens up to allow 1000cc "production based" engines in 2012? Will we see a war of words between Flammini and Ezpeleta in the coming months? :?

HawickYM - Unregistered

February 16, 2010 7:22 PM

You would think that WSS would be a great way for Yam,Kwak,Suzi et al to shine and shove it up Hondas farter and the one make moto2. Missed opportunity to show your wares and slap down the upstart moto2



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