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2014 Light-Heavyweight Supersport Shootout Photo Gallery

Motorcycle-USA brings the first U.S. comparison of the Ducati 899 Panigale, MV Agusta F3 800, Suzuki GSX-R750, and last year's middleweight winner, the Kawasaki Ninja ZX-6R in the 2014 Light-Heavyweight Supersport Shootout.

The term Light-Heavyweight comes from the U.S. club racing class that these motorcycles compete in, with exception of the Ninja which is eligible for competition in the middleweight class.
While each motorcycle in this shootout comes with quality, track-capable rubber off the showroom floor, we needed to extort the maximum sport capabilities of each machine. So we had race tire ace, Chris Maquire, of CT Racing, fit each bike with a set of Pirelli’s Diablo Supercorsa race tires (120/70-17 fronts and 180/60-17 rears, SC2 compound). Although similar in appearance to its outstanding SP V2 road and track tire, the SC compound rubber is engineered for competition use via the Italian outfits role as the spec tire supplier in the World Supersport and Supertock road racing series. Participation in those ultra-competitive classes necessitate constant development in terms of compounds and inner construction and these hoops do not disappoint offering ever-increasing levels of road holding and feel that other brands have a hard time matching.
As usual we ran our trusty Superpole format so we can see how these bikes perform near the limit of their capabilities.
2014 Light-Heavyweight Torque Chart.
2014 Light-Heavyweight Horsepower Chart.