Czech team Mercury Racing has won the ‘EWC Independent Teams under contract’ trophy ahead of German squad NRT48 following a season that saw stiff competition between the two teams. Both these BMW-mounted squads placed ahead of seasoned rival Bolliger Team Switzerland on Kawasaki.
Team Frontier placed 20th at the finish of the Suzuka 8 Hours to lift the EWC Dunlop Independent Trophy. The Japanese team finished ahead of Wójcik Racing Team and another Japanese squad, Yamashina Kawasaki.
Yamaha Factory Racing Team has claimed its fourth consecutive Suzuka 8 Hours win despite stiff competition from Red Bull Honda with Japan Post and Kawasaki Team Green. Another Japanese squad also stepped into the limelight: F.C.C. TSR Honda France, the first Japanese team in the championship’s history to win the FIM EWC title.
With two hours to go for the finish of the Suzuka 8 Hours, the suspense is still running high. The weather is playing havoc with the racing order, with rain showers constantly shaking up the standings.
Kawasaki Team Green has claimed pole position for the Suzuka 8 Hours following a qualifying session in lieu of the Top 10 Trial, which had to be cancelled due to rain showers this morning. Red Bull Honda with Japan Post moved up to 2nd place on the grid, ahead of Yamaha Factory Racing Team.
A major new race has just been added to the 2019-2020 FIM EWC calendar. The Sepang 8 Hours, to be held in December 2019, will be the first-ever winter race in the championship’s history, and its second race in Asia. It will serve as a qualifying event for the Suzuka Grand finale. The new round is the result of calendar restructuring by Eurosport Events, the FIM EWC promoter since 2015.
Yamaha Factory Racing Team has taken control right from first qualifying at the Suzuka 8 Hours, placing ahead of Kawasaki Team Green and Red Bull Honda with Japan Post on the provisional starting grid.