Dra­matic last-gasp de­cider

Motorcycle News (UK) - - Sport -

While the at­ten­tion at Suzuka might be on the Ja­panese fac­tory fron­trun­ners, the new En­durance World Championship for­mat sees the se­ries run­ning from Septem­ber to July which means that the ti­tle will be de­cided at Suzuka – with only a point sep­a­rat­ing the Suzuki and Yamaha teams at the top of the table, there is ev­ery­thing to fight for.

Reign­ing cham­pi­ons SERT Suzuka go into the fi­nal round of the se­ries, hold­ing a mere one point lead over fel­low French squad GMT 94 Yamaha. And there’s a huge 45 points up for grabs at Suzuka thanks to its unique scor­ing struc­ture.

That also means that third-placed Yamaha Aus­tria could steal the ti­tle as they are just 27 points off the championship lead­ers.

And, with an in­flux of one-off fac­tory teams, the reg­u­lar EWC teams nor­mally strug­gle to even chal­lenge for podium con­tention at the pres­ti­gious race. So, it could well mean more than one en­thralling bat­tle through­out the eight hours of ac­tion on Sun­day.

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