YXZ1000R European Cup racers prepare for SuperFinale in Portalegre
The twelve national champions of the Yamaha YXZ1000R European Cup are gearing up to contest the season-ending SuperFinale in Portalegre, Portugal on 24-26 October.
Featuring twelve drivers and their co-drivers from the seven nations contesting the European Cup, the SuperFinale fields the best YXZ1000R pilots into the Stock class for standard Yamaha vehicles, and the Open class for modified vehicles. The nations taking part have each held their own National Cup in 2019, with the respective national champions in each class receiving automatic entry to the grand finale.
Held alongside the Baja Portalegre 500 competition for ATVs, the SuperFinale will cover over 400Km of Portuguese routes across two days. As well as competing for victory honours, each class offers some tantalising prizes for the winners, including a brand new YXZ1000R for the winner of the Stock class, and a free entry to the 2020 Dakar Series Merzouga Rally for the Open class victor.
Contesting the Stock class are Erich Steichen of Portugal, Amerigo Ventura of Italy, Pedro Delgado of Spain, Christian Böhnke of Germany, Louis Meric of France, and Yuval Sharin of Israel.
The Open class features five teams, consisting of Andre Rodriguez of Portugal, Chris McPhee and Chris Speakman of the United Kingdom, Alessandro Tinaburri of Italy, Jose Luis Garcia of Spain, and Thomas Ziegltrum of Germany.
The SuperFinale action begins on Thursday 24th with a ceremonial start in the centre on Portalegre, ahead of the first competitive running on Friday starting with a 5Km Prologue stage.