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Supersport motorcycles can refer to any class of fully-faired sportbikes purpose-built for the racetrack. In more specific terms supersport refers to a distinct sportbike motorcycle segment best typified by the 600cc Inline Four racebikes. The little siblings to the superbike class, supersports are characterized by top-end biased powerbands and the highest redlines on production motorcycles.
The current supersport class is made up of the Inline Four 600s from the Big Four: Honda CBR600RR, Kawsasaki ZX-6R, Suzuki GSX-R600 and Yamaha R6. Other manufacturers produce variants on the 600 formula in different engine configurations. Ducati produces the 848 Twin, Triumph the Inline Triple-powered Daytona 675. Other manufacturers have recently jumped into the segment, one of the most notable being the sleek MV Agusta F3 – also a 675cc Triple.
Some of the top sellers in these OEM lineups the supersports are also campaigned in numerous racing championships across the world. The premier world title is the FIM World Supersport Championship, which has been dominated in recent years by the Ten Kate Honda team. Supersport classes are also found in numerous national racing series, like AMA Pro Racing, where the Supersport class was a hotly contested support class. Supersport machinery also made up the AMA Formula Xtreme grid for a time. Currently supersports are campaigned in two AMA series, Daytona SportBike and SuperSport, the latter being a feeder class for up and coming racing talent. Supersport classes can also be found in various road racing exhibitions, like the Isle of Man TT.
2011 – Triumph Daytona 675R
2010 – Kawasaki ZX-6R
2009 – Kawasaki ZX-6R
2008 – Honda CBR600RR
2007 – Honda CBR600RR
2006 – Triumph Daytona 675
2005 – Kawasaki ZX-6R
2004 – Yamaha YZF-R6
2003 – Yamaha YZF-R6
2012 - Kenan Sofuoglu – Kawasaki
2011 - Chaz Davies – Yamaha
2010 - Kenan Sofuoglu – Honda
2009 – Cal Crutchlow – Yamaha
2008 – Andrew Pitt – Honda
2007 – Kenan Sofuoglu – Honda
2006 – Sebastien Charpentier – Honda
2005 – Sebastien Charpentier – Honda
2004 - Karl Muggeridge – Honda
2003 – Chris Vermeulen – Honda
2002 – Fabien Foret – Suzuki
2001 – Andrew Pitt – Yamaha
2012 - James Rispoli – Suzuki – West Champion
2012 - Jake Lewis – Suzuki – East Champion
2011 - James Rispoli – Suzuki
2010 - J. D. Beach – Yamaha
2009 - Josh Day – Yamaha
2008 – Ben Bostrom – Yamaha
2007 – Roger Hayden – Kawasaki
2006 – Jamie Hacking – Yamaha
2005 – Tommy Hayden – Kawasaki
2004 – Tommy Hayden – Kawasaki
2003 – Jamie Hacking – Yamaha
2002 – Aaron Yates – Suzuki
2001 – Eric Bostrom – Kawasaki