The 8 Hours of Suzuka (Japan) and the 12 Hours of Estoril (Portugal), have decided in agreement with the International Motorcycling Federation (FIM) and the organizations involved in its development, to change the dates initially planned for their dispute with the In order to maintain the number of tests planned for the World Endurance Championship and to adapt to the global situation generated by the coronavirus pandemic.
Thus, 12 Hours of Estoril, in Portugal, will be held on Saturday, July 17, the weekend initially planned for the 8 Hours of Suzuka, to be held on November 7, the date on which the 2021 season will close, with 150 percent of points for the last race.
The expansion of sanitary and entry restrictions in Japan, which make it difficult to welcome international teams and drivers, has forced this decision to be taken to guarantee the celebration of both races, since it is expected that in early November there will be a relaxation of the rules Japanese.
“I would like to thank all the stakeholders who have made this ‘exchange’ of dates between Estoril and Suzuka possible. This shows how strong the motorcycling family is, not only to adapt to any obstacles that may arise, but also to demonstrate the full solidarity between the organizers, the National Federations and, of course, the Promoter “, highlighted after the agreement in a press release the Portuguese Jorge Veigas, president of the FIM.