There are 50 teams that will be on the track in Malaysia seeking to qualify for the 2020 Suzuka 8 Hours. The 50 teams include 36 full-season 2019-2020 FIM EWC entries (21 in Formula EWC, 15 in Superstock) alongside 12 Asian teams.
The pre-eminent entry will be Malaysian squad Yamaha Sepang Racing with a line-up featuring MotoGP rider Franco Morbidelli, Malaysia’s star rider Hafizh Syahrin and Micheal van der Mark who is 4th overall in the FIM Superbike Championship and 4-time winner of the Suzuka 8 Hours. Several other teams that will be competing alongside them such as Honda Asia Dream Racing with Showa, a Top 10 player in the Suzuka 8 Hours who field Malaysian Zaqhwan Zaidi, Indonesian Gerry Salim and Thai Moto2 world championship rider Somkiat Chantra, Kawasaki-mounted RS Itoh (Akira Yanagawa, Kasuki Ito and Hitoyasu Izutsu) and Team Plus One (BMW) with racers Taro Sekiguchi, a former GP250 rider, Daisaku Sakai and Kousuke Nagoe.
Several FIM EWC teams will be seeking revenge at Sepang. Three of the favorites who had to withdraw from the Bol d’Or are targeting the win at Sepang. F.C.C TSR Honda France who was halted by engine failure while in the lead, Webike SRC Kawasaki France and YART Yamaha have to catch up with the Bol d’Or winner Suzuki Endurance Racing Team as well as Wójcik Racing Team, the surprise runner-up of the opening round and the ambitious new factory squad BMW Motorrad World Endurance Team who finished in 3rd place at the Bol d’Or.
In the Superstock class, we can expect a close fight between Moto Ain, winner of the 2018-2019 World Cup and the Bol d’Or, and Japanese team, Tone RT (BMW), the top Superstock of the 2019 Suzuka 8 Hours 2019.
The first practice sessions will take place on Wednesday, 11 December 2019 at the Sepang International Circuit. The first edition of the 8 Hours of Sepang will be held on Saturday, 14 December 2019 and it is a key component of an all-new dual event in Asian motorsport history.
For the very first time, Sepang International Circuit and Eurosport Events will bring both two-and-four-wheel actions on the same weekend from day to night. FIM EWC, with the 8 Hours of Sepang and the 2019 super finale of the WTCR – World Touring Car presented by OSCARO.