The FIM and Dorna have announced a new feeder series to be introduced in the World Superbike championship - World Supersport 300 championship - for 2017.

The all-new class has been inducted as the 'beginner' series in the WorldSBK paddock and will solely be for new lightweight 300 sport bikes available and young talent with a minimum rider entry age of 15.

"This new platform will be the perfect environment for developing future talent," said Vito Ippolito, President of FIM. "The intention of WorldSSP 300 is to create a benchmark for National Championships to follow.

"We want to offer an environment that is regulated and relatively equal in which future talent can grow, and where manufacturers can accompany young riders as they take their first steps towards stardom."

The provisional technical regulations state the following bikes will be able to enter the series next season:

Honda CBR500R
Kawasaki Ninja 300 (EX300ADF)
Yamaha YZF-R3
KTM RC390

All bikes will carry race numbers with blue backgrounds and white numbers (unlike Superstock 1000 machines which carry red backgrounds and white numbers). A one-bike rule will be applied with an eye on keeping costs down while all parts fitted to machines must be universally homologated.

"There has been great interest for low-capacity motorcycles in this sport and the new WorldSSP 300 class strives to offer that," Javier Alonso, WorldSBK Executive Director, said. "It will be promoted by Manufacturers as an easily accessible championship, the best possible platform to grow future stars where Manufacturers can accompany riders from an early age and as they progress through their career."

Last year the World Superstock 600 class was officially pulled from the championship with an amalgamation of a new European Supersport Cup to provide riders and teams competition on smaller budgets.

The 2017 World Supersport 300 race calendar will be confirmed in due course along with race teams and riders.

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