The 2020 Suzuka 8 Hours has been called off. As a result of stronger restrictions on entry in Japan, international teams and riders will not be able to travel to Suzuka. In agreement with FIM and Eurosport Events, the promoter of FIM Endurance World Championship, the Suzuka 8 Hours organiser Mobilityland has decided to cancel the 2020 edition.
Following Japan’s declaration of a nationwide state of emergency to combat the Covid-19 pandemic, the Suzuka 8 Hours race has been postponed to 1 November 2020. The iconic race – grand finale of the FIM Endurance World Championship since the 2016/2017 season – will once again feature as the deciding race of the 2019/2020 season.
The prominent Japanese champion Tetsuya Harada is girding up for his maiden Suzuka 8 Hours. The former 250cc world champion has been named team manager of Zaif NCXX Racing, a Japanese squad with a good shot at the Superstock win.
At the 8 Hours of Sepang, 12 Asian teams earned themselves a place in the 2020 Suzuka 8 Hours. The new selection process for teams competing in the FIM EWC grand finale includes a further two races at Suzuka in April and May.