2010 World Supersport Championship Standings After Round 3, Valencia

1 Joan LASCORZ ESP 65  
2 Kenan SOFUOGLU TUR 61 -4
3 Eugene LAVERTY IRL 41 -24
4 Chaz DAVIES GBR 33 -32
5 David SALOM ESP 32 -33
6 Fabien FORET FRA 28 -37
7 Robbin HARMS DEN 25 -40
8 Gino REA GBR 24 -41
9 Michele PIRRO ITA 21 -44
10 Massimo ROCCOLI ITA 17 -48
11 Katsuaki FUJIWARA JPN 15 -50
12 Jason DISALVO USA 12 -53
13 Alexander LUNDH SWE 11 -54
14 Miguel PRAIA POR 11 -54
15 Matthieu LAGRIVE FRA 9 -56
16 Sébastien CHARPENTIER FRA 3 -62
17 Bastien CHESAUX SUI 2 -63
18 Paola CAZZOLA ITA 2 -63
19 Danilo DELL'OMO ITA 2 -63
Round Number: 
3
Year: 
2010

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Would anyone know whether, at the moment, it would cost more to run a team in WSS or Moto2?

If it were cheaper to run Moto2, I would tend to think that a potential team would prefer it over WSS, as, for similar money or less, there is possibly greater prestige with Moto2?

And, if so, does WSS have a viable future (assuming, unrealistically, that Moto2 would accept even a larger grid) unless Infront mandates significant changes to its WSS cost structure?

(I do understand that this is the only world stage for factories to race their supersports, but, especially in this economy, it isn't totally inconceivable that they may pull out, especially given that Yamaha has already done so.)

The biggest difference is in the bike cost. You can buy what is basically a Ten Kate spec Honda CBR600RR from Ten Kate for about 35000 euros (off the top of my head). The chassis for a Moto2 bike alone costs between 90 and 170,000 euros. Then you've got engine costs (comparable to what a Ten Kate bike would cost), and an 18 event season, rather than a 13 event season. This is especially big, as that's 25 extra nights in a hotel for crew members, plus flights, plus the fact that you have two extra flyaway races (Qatar, Motegi, Indianapolis, Phillip Island and Sepang vs Phillip Island, Kyalami and Miller Motorsports Park), which eat money.

The advantage to Moto2 is that you're in the "right" paddock: As a rider, if you want to race in MotoGP, then it's good to be racing in a class that MotoGP team managers watch every week. Whether that compensates for the extra cost is something each rider and team must decide for themselves.