FIM has confirmed the European Superstock 600 championship will be scrapped for 2016 with riders entering in a separate competition within the World Supersport championship.

In a major revamp of technical rules agreed by the FIM and Dorna, which have been implemented to increase participation and cap costs, a new series to run within the World Supersport championship will be formed.

On top of the new inter-championship, the World Supersport regulations will be altered to come into line with ones used in most national supersport championships. The change has been made in the hope of 'easing the way for local teams to take part in selected races with wildcard rides and increasing the competition between participants'.

Due to the fundamental changes to the WSS regulations, the European Superstock 600 class will cease it exist, with the new inter-class name yet to be revealed.

Ignacio Verneda, FIM CEO, says it is an important step for the medium categories to attract local riders and feels it is a sensible step after following the lead of the changes made in World Superbikes over the past couple of years.

"The modification of the technical regulations in Supersport to reduce costs and increase the participation of riders was logical after the success achieved in World Superbike following similar changes," Verneda said. "We are convinced that this step is important for the future of the Supersport class."

Dr. Wolfgang Srb, FIM European President, says that the restructuring of the 'pyramid model' is key to encourage participation and set out a clear line of progression for riders.

"The promotion of young and hopeful riders has always been high on our agenda. We believe in series that pave - at affordable costs - the way from National via European Championships to the pinnacle of every sport: the World Championship," Srb said. "I am happy that Dorna shares the view of the "pyramid model" and offers with the new Supersport class an attractive European Road Racing series for talented riders.

"However, I like to underline the fact that the series will be open for riders from all continents. A strong and close competition is paramount for success."



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