WorldSSP rules, WorldSSP grid, European rounds.
A new addition for 2016 sees the dawn of the FIM Europe Supersport Cup, after a long study of the 600cc class within the National, European and World championships. The Cup should enable the riders and teams taking part to compete on a world stage in terms of media and TV coverage, but at a cost of a lower level championship in terms of logistics and bike preparation. It will also prove a fantastic stepping stone between national and world level competition; a good learning curve to connect the two. With the same technical regulations as WorldSSP, riders taking part in the FIM Europe Supersport Cup will line up in on the same grid as WorldSSP, but only take part in the European rounds of the Championship.
To create this new ladder between national and international competition, the FIM, teams, manufacturers and Dorna have first discussed and implemented some changes to the WorldSSP technical regulations for 2016. These new regulations bring the bikes more in line with those raced at national level, and are both simpler and more cost effective. The riders taking part in the FIM Europe Supersport Cup will line up on the same grid as those racing in the full WorldSSP season, allowing the riders to experience world level competition and creating an important and useful learning curve between national championships and WorldSSP.
The riders and teams taking part in this new cup will receive their own rewards and prize money, including press coverage for the winners, whilst also scoring points as part of the WorldSSP grid. As part of a single classification under one set of technical regulations, riders taking part in the FIM Europe Supersport Cup will race in WorldSSP races, but only at the European rounds.
With more than ten riders already confirmed, the new cup looks set to bridge the gap between the national champions of today and the world champions of tomorrow.