The World Superbike Championship is considering a new entry-level racing class based on the suddenly very competitive small-displacment sportbike segment. It’s still a long way from being announced, but WSBK’s Superbike Commission plans to assemble a group of representatives from any manufacturers interested in creating a Supersport 300 class.

The proposed class would allow various displacements and engine configurations and would offer a low-cost way to develop new, young racing talent. The new class won’t be a part of the WSBK’s international tour, as the travel costs would defeat the purpose of a low-cost racing class. Instead, the proposed 300 class would take place in domestic championships.

MotoAmerica‘s KTM RC Cup featuring the RC390 is an example of such a class, as is the Honda CBR250R class in the Canadian Superbike series. Both those series are single-make series however, and the Superbike Commission’s proposed class would allow for different motorcycles from multiple manufacturers.

The KTM RC390 and Honda CBR300R could be potential competitors in this new class, as could the Kawasaki Ninja 300 and Yamaha R3.

[Source: WSBK]