10. 2008 Supersport Shootout
At the height of the supersport wars, when OEMs were minting new or refreshed 600cc weapons every two years, we conducted the 10th most popular shootout in MO’s history; our 2008 Supersport Shootout. That year, the GSX-R600 was Suzuki’s best-selling model in the company’s portfolio. Yamaha introduced a YZF-R6 with YCC-I (Yamaha Chip Controlled-Intake), first seen on the 2007 R1. Honda’s CBR600RR was the reigning Formula Xtreme champ (prior to the DMG changeover and U.S. roadracing fading into obscurity). Also included was our reigning 2006 supersport shootout winner, Triumph’s Daytona 675, as well as Kawasaki’s ZX-6R. And then … those Wall Street jagoffs killed the party by destroying the world’s economy.