The team come into the final round full of confidence after another stunning comeback in the Le Mans 24 hour at the end of August. The team recovered from an early crash to finish fourth, picking up 39 points, putting them well within contention of the championship at this weekend's event.
Returning to Estoril for the first time in over 20 years, the FIM Endurance World Championship will face a 12-hour race at the technical track. The 2.5-mile circuit features 13 corners including two hairpins, a 985-metre long front straight and significant elevation change, which will test both man and machine as they battle it out for the 2019/2020 EWC title.
The highly experienced YART Yamaha trio are no strangers to the Portuguese circuit. The 2016/2017 EWC champion, Canepa, finished 13th in the 2009 MotoGP race on the Portuguese Riviera whilst Hanika rode to a brace of third-place finishes in the 2012 Red Bull Rookies Cup. Former IDM National Superbike champion, Fritz, is the only rider to not have ridden the Estoril circuit and is eager to get on track for the first practice session.
45 points behind championship leaders Suzuki Endurance Racing Team, YART are revved up to fight for the title this weekend with a maximum 67 points on the table across the weekend.
The Wòjcik Racing Team come into the final round fresh from a seventh-place finish overall in Le Mans. The team's performance in France claimed them the EWC Dunlop independent trophy and will be aiming for independent glory this weekend. Currently, the Wòjcik team lies fourth in the independent championship standings, 11 points adrift of the Moto AIN team in a Yamaha top-four lock-out. The team will field Gino Rea, Broc Parkes and Sheridan Morais this weekend with the South African replacing Axel Maurin.
Yamaha heads into the final round of the series on top of the manufacturers' standings, 33 points clear of Suzuki in second. The Iwata manufacturer also holds a 22-point advantage over Suzuki in the FIM EWC World Cup manufacturers’ classification.
Once again, points are on offer for qualifying and after the opening eight hours of the race. YART claimed pole position in Le Mans and will be aiming to repeat their one-lap performance in Estoril. The race will also award 52.5 points to the race victors, making the season finale one of the most competitive finales in a long time.
The final round of the 2019/2020 EWC season kicks off on Thursday 24th September, with private practice sessions getting underway at 09:00 local time. Qualifying begins on Thursday afternoon, with the final sessions taking place on Friday from 09:00. The 12-hour finale will get underway on Saturday at 08:30 and will finish at 20:30 when the 2019/2020 EWC champion will be crowned.