What happened when WorldSBK last visited the Circuito Estoril?

Friday, 16 April 2021 09:01 GMT

With Estoril returning to the calendar for 2021, take a look back at the drama from WorldSBK’s last visit to the Portuguese venue

It’s only been a few months since the MOTUL FIM Superbike World Championship visited Portugal and the Circuito Estoril, but a lot has happened in that time. With confirmation of the Estoril Round returning to the calendar, let’s look back on the dramatic, Championship-deciding, season finale from WorldSBK’s last visit to Estoril from October 2020 – and you can watch the FULL races from 2020 for FREE.

The WorldSBK Riders’ Championship was on the line going into the 2020 Estoril Round with Jonathan Rea (Kawasaki Racing Team WorldSBK) searching for title number six going head-to-head with Scott Redding (Aruba.It Racing – Ducati) as the British searched for a stunning rookie title win. Tissot Superpole provided the first title battle drama of the weekend as both Redding and Rea crashed in separate incidents just minutes apart from each other in the early stages of the 25-minute session; with both riders okay following their respective incidents.

The crashes would have huge ramifications on the title battle with Redding needing to overhaul a 59-point margin with 62 points available over the course of a weekend. With both riders starting towards the back, the pressure was on Redding heading into a thrilling Race 1. It led to a mega battle at the front of the field with Toprak Razgatlioglu (Pata Yamaha with BRIXX WorldSBK) claiming a sensational victory with a shock in the podium results. Rea was able to battle all the way up to fourth following his Superpole crash in an incredible display of racecraft. With so much at stake, and plenty of bottles to enjoy, you can relive Race 1 in full right now!

The drama did not stop there as attentions turned to the Tissot Superpole Race on the Sunday of the 2020 event with Razgatlioglu once again taking a well-deserved victory in Portugal. Behind him, there were battles everywhere as Rea and Redding both charged through the field while Michael van der Mark and Chaz Davies, two riders who left their respective teams following the Estoril Round for pastures new, indulged in a mega race-long battle for the podium places. The Superpole Race provided ten laps of drama and intrigue and is a race you do not want to miss!

On to Race 2 and it was an emotional race up-and-down the paddock: the last race of the season and, for some, the last race with their current outfits while the Manufacturers’ Championship was still up for grabs. Davies, then at the Aruba.It Racing – Ducati team, claimed an emotional farewell victory ahead of teammate Redding. Rea and Razgatlioglu were locked in combat at the start of the race with Rea falling down the order after contact with the Turkish star, meaning Kawasaki Puccetti Racing’s Xavi Fores was the rider who secured Kawasaki the Manufacturers’ Championship by just a single point ahead of Ducati.

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