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Source: BMW Group Munich. The BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team is ready for the season finale: The eighth and final round of the 2020 FIM Superbike World Championship will take place next weekend (October 16-18) in Estoril, Portugal. After the double pole at Magny-Cours (FRA), the BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team with riders Tom Sykes (GBR) and Eugene Laverty (IRL) would like to set further highlights at the end of the season. As part of the corona-related changes, Estoril was added to the WorldSBK 2020 calendar as the season finale. The “Circuito do Estoril” is about 30 kilometers from the Portuguese capital Lisbon. The WorldSBK has already been there twice, but this was already in 1988 and 1993. Therefore, the track is practically uncharted territory for the teams and drivers. However, BMW Motorrad Motorsport was only able to gain its first experience there recently: with the BMW Motorrad World Endurance Team at the season finale of the FIM Endurance World Championship, which was also held in Estoril at the end of September. Quotes before the season finale in Estoril.
Marc Bongers, BMW Motorrad Motorsport Director: “We are really excited about Estoril, where we will contest the last races of this unusual and shortened season. This season has not been easy for us, but we have recently seen a clear trend forward. Both Tom and Eugene achieved their best results of the season so far in Barcelona. This was followed by the strong Superpole at Magny-Cours, where Eugene and Tom were able to secure the first two starting positions. We are convinced that results close to the podium would have been possible again in the races if the accident at the start of race one had not affected the rest of the weekend. We would now like to continue this upward trend in the final. We were able to get to know the peculiarities of the ‘Circuito do Estoril’ a few weeks ago in the FIM EWC. It is true that the knowledge we have gained with the long-distance version of our BMW S 1000 RR cannot be transferred one-to-one to the World Superbike. But at least we have an idea what track characteristics await us there. We will work hard to use the EWC data to prepare accordingly and to say goodbye to the winter break with a successful final weekend. “
Shaun Muir, Team Principal BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team: “We are on our way to the last round of the 2020 WorldSBK season in Estoril. It was a roller coaster season with a few challenges. I think Dorna and the WorldSBK organizers did a fantastic job putting together a calendar of eight events. The host for the final, Estoril, is new territory for many teams, nobody has tested there. However, we have feedback from the BMW Motorrad World Endurance Team who rode there not that long ago and we think this information can be helpful. We had a difficult weekend in Magny-Cours. It went fantastic until after Superpole, but we had the setback with the racing accident in the first corner, and after that we had trouble getting back on our feet all weekend. But that is ticked, now we will prepare well for the coming weekend. According to the weather forecast, the temperatures should be in the pleasant low 20 range. We look forward to the last races. Hopefully Tom and Eugene can continue the strong Superpole performance from Magny-Cours in Estoril, and we can close the season with a successful final weekend. “
Tom Sykes: “I’m really looking forward to going back to Portugal and to a route that is actually still new to me. I can’t wait to get to know the ‘Circuito do Estoril’ The track seems to be huge fun and exciting after what I saw on TV when I was growing up watching the Grands Prix there. Hopefully we can end the season there very successfully. We will try to get the result that we have been aiming for this year. We keep working, we keep showing what potential we have, and hopefully we can nail our heads this weekend. The entire BMW Motorrad WorldSBK team deserves that. So the plan is: end the season with a highlight, and then start working for the coming season with all the data and information we have collected this year.
Eugene Laverty: “I competed twice in the 250cc World Championship in Estoril, but that was so long ago that I am starting this weekend like on a brand new track. After having contested a lot of races in just over two months, we are now approaching the season finale. We can be proud of the significant progress we’ve made and it was great to reward the BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team for all of their hard work by taking pole position at Magny-Cours. We have improved step by step recently and I am confident that we will continue our way forward this weekend in Estoril. “
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