ALCABIDECHE, Portugal – The Fédération Internationale de Motocyclisme, Circuito Estoril officials and Dorna WSBK Organization have announced an additional round for the MOTUL FIM Superbike World Championship.
The Circuito Estoril, situated outside the Portuguese capital city of Lisbon, will host the WorldSBK class, the FIM Supersport World Championship and the FIM Supersport 300 World Championship on Oct. 16-18.
The event will replace Misano as the season-ending round and will be the first time in WorldSBK history that two rounds will be held in Portugal.
Estoril has a rich history in motorcycle racing and from 2000 to 2012, held the Portuguese Grand Prix in MotoGP.
In recent years, it has hosted the FIM CEV Repsol Junior World Championship and for 2020, will see a return to world championship status with the arrival of the MOTUL FIM Superbike World Championship.
Estoril has previously been on the WorldSBK calendar in the past, involved in both the first year of the championship in 1988 and in 1993, its most recent appearance on the schedule.
The Estoril round has not yet decided on fan presence or on-site external media, but a decision will made at a more relevant time, in accordance with current health protocols.
“I am glad that it was possible to add a second round in Portugal and to see WorldSBK returning to Circuito Estoril, which had already hosted this very competitive championship in its founding year back in 1988 and then in 1993,” FIM President Jorge Viegas said. “I would like to thank DWO, Circuito Estoril and the Portuguese Federation for making it possible to organize the final round of the 2020 MOTUL FIM Superbike World Championship in Portugal.”
“It gives me great pleasure to welcome to Estoril the MOTUL FIM Superbike World Championship,” added Jaime Andrez, Chairman of the Estoril Circuit. “This competition is not new to Estoril, as it has visited in the past in 1988 and in 1993. We are confident that the teams will have a fantastic experience at the Estoril track, especially if we have three days of mild and pleasant weather, combined with the Circuit’s culture of warm welcome and professionalism. I would like to congratulate the organizers and wish all competitors the best of luck for these three days. We hope this event will contribute to highly promote this sport in 2020 and in the following years.”