Locatelli will race his last race in Supersport this weekend before moving on to Superbike, with the desire to give further satisfaction to the BARDAHL Evan Bros. WorldSSP Team, with whom he has so far collected 11 wins out of 13 races raced, establishing a record difficult to improve. The last challenge in the category for the World Champion is the tortuous Estoril track, on which Andrea will race for the first time in his career.
Also for the BARDAHL Evan Bros. WorldSSP Team the round at the gates will be the first opportunity to know the secrets of the Portuguese circuit, with the consequent obligation to build from zero the ideal set-up of the Yamaha YZF-R6 to be delivered in Locatelli's hands. The two-time World Champion team will take to the track to maintain or improve its position in the special classification reserved to teams, where it currently occupies the second position (with only one rider), with 5 points ahead of the GMT94 team and 47 behind the Puccetti team.
The Estoril circuit will not be the only news of the weekend for the BARDAHL Evan Bros. WorldSSP Team, which in this last round will host in its garage, providing one of its Yamaha YZF-R6 and technical assistance, the Angolan rider Victor Barros. Fundamental to the success of this interesting initiative is the recent collaboration between the BARDAHL Evan Bros. WorldSSP Team and the Portimao circuit, in particular in the person of Miguel Praia, director of the track.
Andrea Locatelli and the BARDAHL Evan Bros. WorldSSP Team will be on track on Friday for the first two free practice sessions, while Saturday will be the time of FP3, Superpole and Race 1. Sunday finally the championship will close with the morning warm up and, above all, the last Race 2 of the 2020 season.
WEEKEND TIMETABLE (ITALIAN TIME) - SUPERSPORT
12.30 - 13.15 Free practice 1
17.00 - 17.45 Free practice 2
10.30 - 10.50 Free practice 3
12.40 - 13.05 Superpole
16.15 - Race 1 (18 laps)
10.25 - 10.40 Warm up
13.30 - Race 2 (18 laps)
Fabio Evangelista (Team Principal): "We will live this weekend with mixed feelings. On the one hand we are happy to still have a round to race in this beautiful season, on the other hand we are sorry to be at the end of the year. Our goal for the weekend remains to win, to close in the best way our wonderful collaboration with Andrea Locatelli. This weekend we will also have the pleasure to host in our garage Victor Barros, the first Angolan rider in the history of the championship: we are very happy to be part of this innovative project, and we hope that this collaboration with the Portimao circuit will be profitable and positive for both parts".
Andrea Locatelli: "This weekend will be a completely new experience both for me and for the team, since nobody has ever known the Estoril circuit before. All this is exciting, and it will stimulate us to work even more than usual already on Friday. I'm sure we won't have any problems to quickly understand the track and the best set-up. I'm sorry to be at the end of this exciting season, for which I want to thank again the whole BARDAHL Evan Bros. WorldSSP Team: I want to complete the season in style and then celebrate with the whole team".