VRD Igol Pierret Experiences, the first privateer team past the finish at the 24 Heures Motos in late August, have made consistent progress. The Yamaha-mounted French team are keen to win, but even keener to keep on learning from one race to the next. VRD Igol Pierret Experiences will put their Yamaha 333 in the capable hands of Florian Alt, Florian Marino and Nico Terol at Estoril.
ERC Endurance are keen to wind up the season on a positive note and prepare for 2021. After a rough debut season, the factory Ducati team will be on the 12 Hours of Estoril grid with a new rider line-up who have their sights on the podium - Louis Rossi, Mathieu Gines and Sylvain Barrier.
The Polish privateer team sitting right behind the factory squads have made their ambitions crystal clear. Wójcik Racing Team are going into the season finale, the 12 Hours of Estoril, with a rider line-up capable of taking on the front-runners: Gino Rea, Broc Parkes and Sheridan Morais.
The 12 Hours of Estoril marks a new chapter in the Swiss team’s history. It will be the last race for Hanspeter Bolliger. The team manager for the past 38 years will hand over the reins to his son Kevin. The season finale in Portugal will also see the launch of Bolliger Team Switzerland’s new tyre partnership. The Kawasaki #8 will be Michelin-shod.
The French factory team – winners of the 2018-2019 FIM EWC title – are going into the 12 Heures of Estoril, the season finale, with a 47-point gap to the provisional leaders in the championship. But Webike SRC Kawasaki France Trickstar will still be worth keeping an eye on as one of the favourites for the win in Portugal on 26 September.
Having taken the provisional lead in the 2019-2020 FIM EWC standings after their win at the Bol d’Or, the season’s first round, Suzuki Endurance Racing Team are going into the finale at Estoril with a 40-point lead and keeping a cool head.
Boosted by their win at the 24 Heures Motos, the Japanese team are targeting another world championship title. Their immediate goal: winning the 12 Hours of Estoril with Josh Hook, Freddy Foray and Mike di Meglio riding the new CBR 1000 RR-R.
The track near Portugal’s capital Lisbon will host the 12 Hours of Estoril, the 2019-2020 FIM EWC final, on Saturday 26 September. The Endurance World Championship last visited the circuit in 2000. But some former Moto2 and Moto3 riders now competing in the FIM EWC recall the Estoril circuit, which hosted its last MotoGP race in 2012.
Despite the race being organised behind closed doors, with specific protocols due to the health restrictions, the 43rd edition of the 24 Heures Motos held on 29 and 30 August at Le Mans attracted a slew of Endurance fans throughout the race weekend.
The 24 Heures Motos has thrown the race for the 2019-2020 FIM Endurance World Championship title wide open. Suzuki Endurance Racing Team consolidated their place as leader, but four other factory teams are in the Top 5 with a chance at claiming the world title.